By Amanda Moses
National Nurses week begins on Wednesday, May 6th and ends Tuesday, May 12th. These amazing individuals are on the frontlines of medicine. Nurses 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 assess your situation before presenting your case to a doctor. They 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 Nat-ional Nurses Week. 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 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.
• 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 designated May 6 -12 as permanent dates to observe National Nurses Week in 1994 and in all subsequent years