Nurses are celebrated annually from May 6th through May 12th, National RN Day kicks off Nurse’s Week on the 6th and Florence Nightingale’s birthday closes out the week on May 12th. National Nurses Week gives us the opportunity to recognize the nurses that take care of us and show our appreciation to them.
"National Nurse Week" was first observed in 1954, based on a bill introduced in Congress by Rep. Frances Payne Bolton of Ohio, an advocate for nursing and public health. But it was not until 1974 that the White House and President Nixon proclaimed that National Nurses Week be celebrated. We are so glad that President Nixon helped declare a week to recognize all of your hard work.
If it weren't for nurses, who would be there in the middle of the night to check our vitals and be sure that we are okay? Thank you for your patience, dedication, commitment, passion, and nurture. Whether you are a trauma nurse, cardiac nurse, CNA, LPN, or RN or in nursing school; YOU are greatly appreciated.
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