National Nurses Week honors nurses’ contributions, services

National Nurses Week is celebrated each year between May 6, National Nurses Day, and May 12, the birthdate of the legendary nurse Florence Nightingale.

National Nurses Week, which annually honors the contributions and sacrifices of nurses, and urges us to thank them for their devotion to their tasks.

As workers who perform the most essential healthcare tasks, nurses serve as the first point of contact for most patients.

National Nurses Week was first observed from Oct. 11-16, 1954 in honor of the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. President Richard Nixon later proclaimed a “National Nurse Week” in 1974.

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan signed a proposal officially designating May 6 as “National Recognition Day for Nurses,” now known as National Nurses Day or National RN Recognition Day. In 1990, the American Nurses Association (ANA) expanded the holiday into the current National Nurses Week.

In 1997, at the request of the National Student Nurses’ Association, the ANA designated May 8 as National Student Nurses Day. In 2003, the ANA designated the Wednesday within National Nurses Week as National School Nurse Day.

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