National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12 in the United States. This week marks National Nurses Week, and Wednesday is National Nurses Day.
The American Nurses Association and the World Health Organization have already declared 2020 to be the global “Year of the Nurse.” So this week, take a moment to celebrate nurses in Queens and around the world.
National Nurse day
Nursing is the nation’s largest healthcare profession, with more than 3.8 million registered nurses nationwide. That’s according to The American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Registered nurses work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in outpatient clinics and schools.
The first National Nurses Week occurred in October and commemorated the hundredth anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s work in Crimea. Nightingale was a famous British nurse who fought to improve conditions for the sick and whose advocacy set the standard for modern nursing today. In 1854, she traveled to the frontline of the Crimean War where she selflessly tended to wounded soldiers. In 1982, President Reagan declared May 6 National Recognition Day for Nurses. Then, in 1990, the American Nurses Association extended that day into a week of celebrations, culminating on Nightingale’s birthday on May 12.
Generally, nurses exist in the background of our lives. You only see them when you need them. These last few months however, have brought them to the forefront. Nurses, along with other health workers, are on the front line, battling the deadly virus each day. Health officials say you can help show support and appreciation for nurses and other health professionals by slowing the spread of COVID-19.
It’s a week each year to honor the commitment, dedication and hard work of those in the nursing profession. This year, honoring our nurses is more important than ever. They are risking their lives on the front line every day, helping fight the coronavirus pandemic. For more health news click here.