Every May for one week, nurses get to celebrate all of their hard work with National Nurses Week! A nurse is the person responsible for a number of things in the daily running of a hospital from helping patients to being a doctor’s right-hand person.

The daily stress can be overwhelming, but helping a patient and their loved ones make it worth it in the end.

As Steve Jobs said, “your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

The History Of This Week-Long Event

National Nursing Week starts every May on the 6th and ends on the 12th! The last day of the week falls on Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Florence Nightingale is one of the most well-known and influential nurses to ever live.

At the time of her service as a nurse, she worked towards achieving better sanitary conditions in hospitals and field hospitals for her patients.

When National Nurses Week was first observed in October over the course of the 11th to the 16th! In 1974, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) decided May 12th would be International Nurses Day.

As time went on, other states started to celebrate their own National Nurses Week during May, so the switch was eventually made to follow along with the holiday.

A few other important days during this week are May 8th, which is National Student Nurses Day, and National School Nurse Day, which falls during every National Nurses Week on Wednesday.

The Importance of Nurses

A nurse is so much more than a caregiver. This person is a mother, father, friend, a member of the community, and more! A nurse is so important to their patients because they are there taking care of them when doctors and visitors have gone home and are truly making a difference in their daily lives.

1. Nurses help the community. A nurse working in a hospital or clinic is able to educate their patients, which will help educate the overall community they live in.

They understand the local population, the health risks, and the education level.

2. Nurses are your advocates. Ever wonder who is advocating for patients in hospitals and clinics? Nurses.

Nurses ensure that all patients are treated equally, everyone is treated with respect, and help prevent the patient from suffering.

3. Nurses provide emotional support. Nurses have the ability to change the life and quality of life for a patient.

They are able to help with patient anxiety, anger, sadness, and a number of other emotions.

All of these fall under the notion of providing patient-centered care!

At the end of the day, being a nurse is more than an occupation. A nurse is the one who cares for you in times of trouble and sickness, a nurse is a part of your community, and a nurse is the one there for you during your sickness no matter what!

This week is all about nurse appreciation.  However, we should remember to appreciate these wonderful people each and every day of the year for all that they do for us.

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