Nurses Day is today, May 6. But it’s just the start of nurses week, which runs from May 6 – 12, 2010. The International Council of Nurses has celebrated nurses day since 1965.
Nurses day was initiated in 1953 by Dorothy Sutherland, a Department of Health, Education and Welfare official who proposed to President Eisenhower to proclaim a Nurses Day. He did not approve it. However, in 1974 it was decided to celebrate May 12 (the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale) as Nurses Day.
Finally, in 1981, nurses in New Mexico started a resolution that May 6 would be announced as the “National Recognition Day for Nurses”. In 1982, the U.S. Congress assigned May 6 to be the National Recognition Day for Nurses. Eventually it was expanded to a week-long celebration that is known as Nurses Week.
May 6th, though not a national holiday, is National Nurses Day. As patients quite normally see their nurses far more than their doctor, have you thanked your nurse today?
In reality, the period from May 6 – May 12 is considered National Nurses Week. It kicks off on May 6th with Nurses Day. Furthermore, during the week, there is a National Student Nurses Day.
This year, National Student Nurses Day is May 12th, or next Wednesday. First designated to be May 8th in 1988, it was later changed to to the Wednesday of each Nurses Week.
Each year, National Nurse Week has a theme. This year’s theme is National Nurses Week 2010, Nurses: Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow.
Typical of most of these designated holidays, on National Nurses Day, For those who want to brighten the day of those who try to make your hospital stay brighter can send e-cards