National Nurses Day

May 6, 2021

What Is National Nurses Day?

It is a chance for everyone to say a big “thank you” to nurses for their efforts. To celebrate their dedication and commitment to their patients and their profession. Let’s recognize their contribution to society and how they have helped each of us lead a healthier life. Many people owe their health to dedicated nurses working in hospitals and clinics across the world. Tell someone about the excellent care you’ve received from a nurse. Use #NationalNursesDay to share on social media.

When Is National Nurses Day?

National Nurses Day is observed annually on May 6th. On this day, we raise awareness of all nurse contributions and commitments and acknowledge the vital role nurses play in society. This day is also the first day of National Nurses Week and is sometimes known as National RN Recognition Day.

History Of National Nurses Day

National Nurses Day goes back to 1953, when 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 not officially made. But, this day was born and eventually gained national recognition. National Nurses Week begins on May 6th and ends on May 12th, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 – August 13, 1910). Florence Nightingale was a celebrated English, social reformer, statistician, and founder of modern nursing. She became well-known while taking care of the wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. Nightingale was dubbed “The Lady with the Lamp” because of her habit of making rounds at night.

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