Every year, National Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6, National Nurses Day, to May 12, International Nurses Day—the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing.
What is Nurses Week?
Both National Nurses Day and what has become the “Week of the Nurse” are publicly celebrated observances to show appreciation for these essential workers and to recognize the nursing profession’s vital and unique contributions to health care and society at large.
The History of Nurses Week
National Nurses Week was first celebrated in 1954 to mark Florence Nightingale’s 100th birthday. Florence Nightingale (1820 -1910) was a British nurse, statistician and reformer known as the founder of modern nursing. Renowned for her work in hospitals during the Crimean War, Nightingale was able to significantly reduce deaths from inadequate supplies, unhealthy food and unsanitary living conditions. Later on in life she established the Nightingale Training School at St. Thomas’ Hospital and continued to advocate for safe healthcare conditions.
Today, Nurses Week allows us to recognize the contributions of the nurses in our lives. With several observances throughout the week including National Nurses Day on May 6th, National Student Nurse Day on May 8th and National School Nurse Day on May 10th, we have plenty of opportunities to recognize nurses of all kinds.
Celebrating Nurses Week at Hoosier Home Health
Hoosier Home Health, a leading quality home health care provider, is celebrating National Nurses Week to recognize and honor exceptional nurses for their service. We will be celebrating and honoring our home health care nurses in varying ways, such as through prizes, free meals, and special gifts. Hoosier Home Health’s Nurses Week efforts are part of a larger initiative and commitment to recruit and retain nurses who share the organization’s vision of delivering care with compassion, excellence, and reliability.
If you are a nurse—thank you! Thank you for the way you care for all those who entrust their health and healing to us. Thank you for the way you bring our Mission to life every day. Thank you for your spirited service and your commitment to exceptional care. We honor you this Nurses Week and all year long for all that you do.