May 6th, Annually
celebration of National Nurses Week is held yearly and opens on May 6,
which is the official National Nurses Day, and continues through May 12,
which coincides with Florence Nightingale's birthday.
Nurses Day starts off a week of many celebrated events to honor the
dedication and commitment of RN's and their contribution to the health
care profession across the nation.
Events include honorary dinners, banquets, professional workshops and
seminars, and local city and state participation in events to honor
nurses. Nurses Week is a time when doctors, patients, co-workers,
family, friends, and others let the nurses in their lives know how much
they appreciate them with gifts, cards, flowers, candy, and dinners.
Dorothy Sutherland, of the U.S. Department of Health Education and
Welfare, proposed to Eisenhower in 1953 to proclaim a Nurses Day
starting in 1954, but the proclamation never took place.
National Nurses Week was observed just the same in 1954 from October 11
through October 16, to mark the centennial anniversary of Florence's
Nightingale's Crimean War mission, which came about based on the reports
making their way back to Britain regarding the condition and care of
In the fall of 1854, Nightingale and 38 other female volunteer nurses
were dispatched to the Ottoman Empire to the location of the British
encampment. There was a shortage of medicine, a disregard for hygiene,
and infections were rampant and often fatal.
It was here that the dedicated Nightingale earned her famous nickname,
"The Lady With the Lamp," because even after the rest of the medical
staff had retired for the day, she still persisted in making her
solitary rounds in the dark.
It was not until 1974 that Nixon finally proclaimed an official National
Nurses Week, and in 1982 May 6th was designated National Nurses Day by
President Ronald Reagan.
Not to be confused with National Nurses Day, another celebrated day
falls within Nurses Week designated solely to school nurses, and is
referred to as National Student Nurses Day. It falls on the Wednesday
within National Nurses Week each year.
It is on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday, when International
Nurses Day is celebrated each year. The International Council of Nurses
creates and distributes to nurses kits that contain useful information
and materials for nurses around the world.
The International Nurses Day (IND) 2012 theme is "Closing the Gap: From Evidence to Action." The kit materials can be downloaded at
the ICN (International Council of Nurses) website at www.icn.ch.
If you know a nurse, be sure and remember them with even the smallest token of appreciation on Nurses Day, May 6.
They deserve it!
Information provided from http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/nursesday.asp
Happy Nurse's Day with computer character as nurse by GOLDENJACKAL
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