National Nurses Week
In 1993, the American Nurses Association declared May 6-12 as the national week to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession.
National Nurses Week is a time for everyone – individuals, employers, other health care professionals, community leaders, and nurses – to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses. Each year, the celebration ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday.
Kristin Baird from Speakers for Nurses suggests the following ways to make a conscious effort to honor, support, and celebrate nurses:
When you see something, say something! Just like the TSA, when you see a nurse doing something that shows great technical skill, empathy or compassion – speak up and tell her or him that you are impressed.
Say thank you in real time. Make your gratitude prompt, personal and plentiful.
Talk them up. Tell their bosses that you are impressed and grateful. Give names and specific examples of the greatness you witness. Put it in writing. A quick note is all it takes.
Nursing can be a challenging profession, both mentally and physically. During National Nurses Week, make an effort to thank nurses for the dedicated care that they provide.
Source: American Nurses Association & Speakers For Nurses