The World Health Organization declared 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. National Nurses’ Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
This is a time to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession and acknowledge nurses’ loyal and tireless efforts around the world. Nurses are courageous, compassionate and knowledgeable professionals who make a difference every day in the lives of others.
The American Nurses Association has divided the month into four weekly areas of focus for nurses:
May 1-9: Self-Care: focus on mental health and physical well-being
May 10-16: Recognition: honor heroes, innovators and leaders
May 17-23: Professional Development: Educational, inspirational stories
May 24-31: Community Engagement: Engage and educate the community
Nurses are the largest group of healthcare professionals in the United States and for the 18th year in a row, the most trusted. Americans trust nurses. Our lives are in the hands of nurses who maintain a vigilant watch and a powerful voice for those they serve. And who doesn’t know at least one nurse? There are approximately 3.8 million in the United States. Today, take a minute to reach out to the nurses you know to celebrate and elevate them!
Enjoy the following video in honor of Nurses Week from the University of Maryland: https://youtu.be/WhVe69uX7fA
“I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale