How Was Nurses Week Started You Ask?
So now that National Nurses Week is upon us, let’s find out how it was started back in October of 1954!
It was initiated by the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare during President Eisenhower’s term as a tribute to Florence Nightingale’s legacy and active role in tending to injured soldiers around the clock in the Crimean War. It became official in 1974 under President Nixon to commend those who are devoted to this admirable profession. Florence Nightingale is considered to have laid the groundwork for the nursing profession, which is why International Nurses Day now falls on her birthday and people entering the nursing field must learn the “Nightingale Pledge”. This year’s theme is “Advocating, Leading, Caring” to depict how multifaceted the field of nursing is, and how many “hats” nurses have to wear in a day on the job!
THANK YOU to all of our valued customers who dedicate their lives to nursing and caring for people when they need it most–we hope you enjoy your week of appreciation! How are you and your co-workers celebrating this year? You can treat yourself to new scrubs! There are also national and local activities to celebrate Nurses Week this year, so check out the American Nurses Association event page to find one that works for you.