National Nurses Week is May 6th through May 12th this year, and we can’t think of a better time to celebrate and honor nurses for all they do. Florence Nightingale was born on May 12, so this is why National Nurses Week falls during this timeframe. Nightingale was one of the most influential leaders in modern nursing – a truly remarkable, talented, and intelligent woman. However, even with her influence and direction in the 1800s, nurses didn’t always, and to some extent still don’t, receive all the credit they deserve.
According to National Today, “As workers who perform the most essential healthcare tasks, nurses serve as the first point of contact for most patients.” When considering the current COVID-19 pandemic, nurses are truly ‘on the front lines.’ Think about the regular turn of events when visiting your primary physician or even an urgent care clinic. A nurse is usually always the very first person to talk with you, assess your symptoms, and retrieve all of your vitals. Since they are the first point of contact for patients, they are at substantially high risk during this pandemic, yet they continue to help people and fight face to face with this devastating disease.
So, how can you celebrate and recognize National Nurses Week? If you have a family member or friend who is a nurse, post a picture of you two together on social media, send them a thank-you note expressing your gratitude for all they do, bless them with a meal, or simply tell them how grateful you are for their dedication to such a challenging profession.
Here are a few National Nurses Week fun facts for your joy, knowledge, and entertainment! The first nursing school on record was actually started in 250 B.C.E. Only men were allowed to attend this school at the time… ironic, right? Second, the first nursing school in the United States was established in 1923. Lastly, National Nurses Week became an officially recognized week honoring nurses and their hard work in 1994.
At First Care Clinics, we love all of our nurses. We are so grateful for all they contribute to our company and to the healthcare industry as a whole. Nurses, your hard work does not go unnoticed, and we especially appreciate your efforts in adapting to new medical norms during this COVID-19 fight. We appreciate YOU! Visit our website to learn more about our mission and to find a First Care Clinic near you.