National Nurses Week 2011
This year, the American Nurses Association is focusing on RNs as Leaders. Following a long tradition of honoring nurses, this week of recognition particularly highlights the work of pioneer Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Click here to read more!
National Nurses Week as we now know the holiday was officially designated by the ANA in 1990, and National RN Recognition Day (May 6) soon after in 1996. This recognition week follows a tradition of honoring the nursing profession dating back to an Act of Congress in 1954. Click here to learn more about the history of this celebration.
"During National Nurses Week 2011, ANA is calling attention to registered nurses (RNs) and their contributions to the health care system, both in the role they play as expert clinicians in diverse care settings and as leaders who can dramatically influence the quality of care and overall performance of the system into the future." (From the American Nursing Association website -- click here to read more!)
So, how can you celebrate National Nurses Week? Here are just a few suggestions:
- Post a comment on this blog to honor the dedicated nursing professionals in your town and life.
- Hold a special celebration or reception to recognize a nurse or several nurses in your community.
- Promote a positive, realistic image of registered nurses by sponsoring health fairs, conducting preventive screenings in underserved areas, organizing a walk-a-thon, etc.
- Take time today to thank a nurse - great advice from the East Oregonian.
- Ask every nurse in your area to wear an "RN Pin" and/or nurse's uniform during National Nurses Week.
- Work cooperatively with hospitals, schools, and libraries to set up a special display for National Nurses Week using promotional materials, such as, pins, t-shirts, posters, etc.
- Read this article from MedSurg Nursing: An Impossible Task: Summing Up the Value of a Nurse.
For more suggestions and information, visit the American Nurses Association website.
Why focus on this week in May? Because the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, was born on May 12. Nightingale's pioneering work in battlefield medicine during the Crimean War is legendary, but she also revolutioned the whole concept of nursing and its purpose. Click here to read more about Nightingale's amazing life and work.