National Nurses Day and Nurses Week
About National Nurses Day and Nurses Week
In addition to National Nurses Day and National Nurses Week, there are several other days to recognize this vital professional career. National Nurses Week, and several specific Nurses Days during this week, provide recognition to nurses for their contributions and commitment to quality health care. It brings awareness to the importance of nurses in the care, comfort, and well-being of all of us, especially our children and the aging, and those in poor health.
Thought for Today: Emergency room nurses have heard a lot of deathbed regrets, but they’ve never heard someone say: ” I wish I’d spent more time at work” Author Unknown
When is National Nurses Day? This holiday is always observed on the last Monday in May
- May 6-12: National Nurses Week. It ends on the birthday of Florence Nightengale.
- May 8: National Student Nurses Day
- May 6th: National Nurses Day
- Wednesday of Nurse’s Week: School Nurses Day
- May 12: International Nurse’s Day
- November 14: Operating Room Nurse Day
How to Celebrate National Nurses Day
- Show your thanks and appreciation to the nurses that you know.
- You can send them cards or Ecards.
- However, just a simple, spoken “thank you” will do.
“Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.” – – Dag Hammarskjold
History and Origin of National Nurses Day
The roots of International Nurses Day goes back to 1953, when Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower to proclaim a “Nurse Day” in October of the following year. The proclamation was not officially made. But, this day was born and eventually gained national recognition.
International Nurse Day is celebrated on May 12, because this it’s the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
In 2003, National School Nurses Day was moved from the fourth Wednesday in January to the Wednesday of Nurses Week. Many websites, still record School Nurses Day in January, unaware of this change.
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