National Nurses Week 2016


Everyone has been touched by a nurse in their lifetime whether it was at birth, during flu season, or for a broken bone, nurses are important. The history of National Nurses Week goes back to 1953 when a woman named Dorothy Sutherland sent a suggestion to President Eisenhower to make this week a national holiday. Eisenhower never actually made this happen. The holiday was suggested again to the government in 1954 and 1972; however, it was not until 1974 that this week truly became recognized. National Nurses Week goes from May 6th to May 12th.

Here are a few reasons why you should thank a nurse:

  1. Nurses work long hours on their feet
  2. Nurses treat patients with care
  3. Nurses monitor a patient’s progress at all times
  4. Nurses can find out questions  at any time
  5. Nurses are always there for patients
  6. Nurses will listen to anything patients need to say
  7. Nurses are with patients the longest

There is a free webinar in honor of this week on May 10th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET with the topic of why diversity makes a difference. Here is the link to the webinar:

There is also a social media contest for National Nurses Week. For this contest you are supposed to post pictures of nurses with the tag #safenursesrock and there will be random selected winners. Here is the link for the contest:

If you want to show your support but do not know how, the American Nurses Association has an online donation box that can help nurses directly. Here is the link to show your support and appreciation:


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