Happy Nurse’s Week!

May 24, 2022

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Prepare to celebrate the most important support element in the medical world, nurses. Inspired by Florence Nightingale, National Nurses’ day would not be observed in the U.S. until 1982 when it was approved by President Ronald Reagan.

  National Nursing Week was inspired by Florence Nightingale, an English social reformer, who is considered the first modern nurse. Her work gained her recognition during the Crimean War, where she dedicated herself to taking care of wounded soldiers. She often did rounds to check on the patients at night, which earned her the title of “The Lady with the Lamp.”

  In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to President Dwight Eisenhower to proclaim a “Nurse Day” in October of the next year. The proclamation was declined. It wouldn’t be until 1982 when President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation on March 25th, proclaiming “National Recognition Day for Nurses” to be May 6th, 1982.

  In 1990 The American Nursing Association (ANA) Board of Directors expanded the recognition of nurses to a week-long celebration, declaring May 6th through 12th, 1991, as National Nurses Week. There is a new theme every year for National Nursing Week. This is chosen by the ANA which aims to honor and appreciate the services provided by nurses. There are events including banquets and seminars that are organized to bring awareness to the important role that nurses have. Nurses are often given gifts by their employers and patients.

Nurses deserve this week to acknowledge them and more. COVID-19 has become a huge problem in these previous years and nurses have put their lives on the line to help. Nurses are amidst all of the action by treating those with COVID, swabbing those who display symptoms, and risking contamination by assisting these people. These years have been extremely stressful and scary for nurses but they remained firm and rolled with the punches like true heroes.  

The next time you see a nurse take some time to acknowledge and appreciate their contributions to society. You can show your appreciation for nurses by writing a thoughtful “thank you” note, publicizing a nurse’s accomplishments on social media, or by asking a local politician to issue a proclamation recognizing a nurse’s work. If you are a nurse, reflect on the positive differences you and your co-workers have made in others’ lives and give yourselves a pat on the back. After all, without nurses, doctors would not be able to do their jobs; they truly are the most important support in the medical world.

 Moses Rangel  | mrangel2025@theaskacademy

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