My mom is a nurse, and has been one for over 30 years. As a child, having a nurse as a mom was the greatest because I felt like my mom knew every cure in the book. She listened to me complain about my ailments, gave me words of comfort, and cared for me. This sentiment isn’t just a child’s adoration for her mother’s healing power; it’s the truth about all nurses.
I’ve always heard the saying: “Nurses heal, doctors prescribe.” It wasn’t until I grew older did I come to appreciate this statement. Nurses are on the front-line of medicine. They are the first people you see in hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers, and they are the ones visiting you in your home. They are your medical translators; they listen to your pain and asses your situation before presenting your case to a doctor. They are the ones who greet you and say goodbye at the end of your medical visit.
It is because of their devotion to patients that we show our appreciation for them during National Nurses week, which takes place from Sunday, May 6th to Saturday, May 12th. This commemorative week always ends on May 12th, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing as a modern profession.
A brief history of National Nurses week by the American Nurses Association (ANA):
- In 1953 Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower to proclaim a “Nurse Day” in October of the following year. The proclamation was never made.
- In January 1974, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) proclaimed that May 12 would be “International Nurse Day.” Since 1965, the ICN has celebrated “International Nurse Day.”
- In February 1974, a week was designated by the White House as National Nurse Week, and President Nixon issued a proclamation.
- President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation on March 25, 1982 proclaiming “National Recognition Day for Nurses” to be May 6, 1982.
- The ANA Board of Directors expanded the recognition of nurses to a week-long celebration, declaring May 6 – 12, 1991, as National Nurses Week.
- The ANA Board of Directors designated May 6 – 12 as permanent dates to observe National Nurses Week in 1994 and in all subsequent years..
The Spring Creek Sun would like to thank all of the nurses living in the Spring Creek Towers community for their service. We would also like to extend our thanks to Tatyana Podluszkiy, R.N., NORC Community Health Nurse, Spring Creek Senior Partners (SCSP) and Maimonides Medical Center. Her dedication in providing the highest level of quality care, medical advice, and compassionate help for the senior community is astounding.
For Podluszkiy being a nurse is so much more than a job title. “There are so many professional roads RN can take. But that sense of self or the inner voice that define us, the nurses, is probably the same for all. In my opinion, being a nurse means having that special ability to care from the heart about every single person you are working with. You must love your profession and the people. Otherwise, you would unable to understand the struggles or the pain your patients go through, you would be unable to handle the sight of anything unhealthy, and you would not know what can improve someone’s health. Patients feel and know everything, and they come back to see you again for a reason. You just need to know what it means to be a good nurse,” said Podluszkiy.