Every year, May 6 begins National Nurse’s Week in the US, and ends May 12, designated and recognized as International Nurses Day and the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
“For me, nurses are the unsung heroines and heros of the health profession.” ~John Sentamu, Bishop of Westminster Abbey
Globally, May 12 is designated as International Nurses Day (IND) by the International Council of Nurses.
In the US, May 6 – May 12 is National Nurse’s Week. The theme for this year is “Nursing: Building a Healthy America.” The week was established to recognize and honor nurses who meet the health and mental health care needs of the nation, and for the quality work they provide seven days a week, 365 days a year. Also, National Nurses Week focuses on highlighting the diverse ways in which nurses are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to research institutions, state and national governments, the nursing profession is meeting the ever expanding health care needs of society. The 1st National Nurse’s Week was observed from October 11-16, 1954. The year marked the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. In 1994, the American Nurses Association’s Board of Directors designated May 6 – 12 as the official dates to observe National Nurses Week, and established them for all subsequent years.
Facts, quotes & comments about nursing and nurses…
- According to Kirsten Stallknecht, president of the International Council of Nurses (ICN), there are more than 11 million nurses worldwide providing care in hospitals and rural health centres, schools, workplaces, homes, prisons, war zones and refugee camps.
- There are nearly 2.9 million registered nurses in the United States, and 2.4 million of them are actively employed.
- “It’s hard to live with a nurse because… unless you are bleeding profusely, with bones protruding from the skin, and you can’t breathe, you won’t get any medical attention or sympathy.” ~every nurse’s significant other
- “I am fond of nurses. They treated me well. They help people.” ~9 year old schoolgirl, Botswana
- The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of 133 national nurses’ associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses for nurses since 1899, ICN is the international voice of nursing and works to ensure quality care for all, sound health policies globally, and the advancement of nursing knowledge.
- According to projections released in 2006 from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), growth rate for RNs will exceed 21% from 2006 to 2016.
- “Nurses are committed to caring for all persons across the life cycle: pregnant women, infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. They are also there for the most vulnerable groups, such as the poor, refugees and displaced persons, street children, and the homeless…it is this element of humanity and caring that sets nurses apart.” Kirsten Stallknecht, president of the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
- “My discovery, as a patient on the medical service and later in surgery, is that the institution is held together, glued together, enabled to function as an organism, by the nurses and by nobody else.” ~Lewis Thomas, MD in ‘The Youngest Science’
- “Nurses have been pivotal to my own recovery and health. I know this is also true for millions around the world who are restored to health and comforted in illness by the caring, compassion and expertise of nurses.” ~Christopher Reeve, actor and director
- In the US, nurses were ranked first for 8 consecutive years for their honesty and integrity, with 85% of Americans rating them “high” or “very high,” according to the 2008 Gallup Poll.
- In every region of the world, the public consistently rates nurses and nursing as the ‘most admired profession’. Polls taken in Australia, the US , the UK and other countries and regions indicate that up to 90% of the public ranks nurses #1 over all professions. (ICN, Geneva, Switzerland, May 12, 2000)
- “I know that nurses will continue to be there when it is needed – when people suffer and the vulnerable need care and assistance.” ~Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director General, WHO
- 24/365 = the hours in the day and days in the year that nursing care is ‘there for you’
- A Pittsburgh based medical apparel company, on+qor, has produced a music video in tribute to the nursing profession. The video can be seen on http://www.onqor.com/nurses/.
And the most famous nurse…Florence Nightingale
In celebration of International Nurses Day…
NURSES Fingerprint Portrait
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(the fingerprint is mine)