National Nurses Week begins annually May 6 and runs through May 12 to honor health professionals. The celebration is marked to recognize the birthday of Florence Nightingale, widely considered the founder of professional nursing. The first National Nurses Week was celebrated in 1954, which was the 100th anniversary of Nightingale's famous mission to the Crimea. However it became nationally recognized only after President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation that May 6 would henceforth be National Nurses Day. Here are some inspirational quotes to share this week to show appreciation for the work nurses do for the society.
Florence Nightingale's poetic moniker, "Lady of the Lamp," was the result of her late evening rounds visiting the wounded soldiers. In all of medical history, few names have been sung more brightly than Florence Nightingale, born on this day in 1820. Credited with founding the first modern, secular nursing school in 1860 (at St. Thomas's Hospital in London, and currently part of King's College, University of London), Florence's birthday has been designated International Nursing Day. Nicknamed "the Lady of the Lamp" by an intrepid journalist for the London Times, and subsequently immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his 1857 poem "Santa Filomena," Florence Nightingale first came to prominence during the Crimean War. In 1855, she organized and trained a group of nurses to help the soldiers injured during that conflict.
Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy, on May 12, 1820. She was also called "The lady with the lamp" and was known for her contribution to her profession as a nurse. Her family did not support her choice of career. But she defied all odds to not just become successful at it but revolutionize it entirely to the extent of being considered the pioneer of nursing as we know it today. During the Crimean War, she and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a hospital on a British base in Scutari, Turkey, greatly reducing the number of deaths.
Every year, May 12 has been observed as International Nurses day throughout the world. We have more than one reason to celebrate the day as it just doesn't mark the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing this year but also the world is facing a grievous challenge where nurses worldwide have put their lives at stake to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The day marks the contributions that nurses make to society and why it is very important to appreciate all their efforts. The theme for this year's International Nurses Day set by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) is'Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health'. Not only does it ring rightly with the current pandemic situation but it also focuses on the true value of these frontline workers.
It's time to pay tribute to nurses. Starting May 6 and running through May 12, dozens of U.S. retailers and restaurants nationwide will be celebrating National Nurses Week 2017 in the U.S. by giving away big discounts and freebies. Unfortunately for nurses looking to get a free chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A as in previous years, the chain confirmed to International Business Times that they "do not have any promotions planned chainwide" in 2017. From May 6-12, healthcare professional can get a free treat from Cinnabon. Consumers will have a choice of a free classic roll, a MiniBon or a four-piece BonBites.