Nurses Week: Honoring Healthcare Heroes | Soma Tech Intl

May 8, 2024
Thank you nurses-National Nurses Week

Did you know that May 6th, 1982 was the first ever National Nurses Day? This recognition was officially set by the American Nurses Association (ANA) board of directors. Believing that more gratitude could have been shown, we fast forward to 1990. The year when ANA expanded this recognition into a week-long event.

National Nurses Week, lasting from May 6th through May 12th, captures the essence of nursing dedication across the globe. And why does it end on May 12th? That’s because it’s also International Nurses Day, an occasion celebrated worldwide.

This tradition has roots dating back to 1974 when the International Council of Nurses (ICN) declared May 12th to be International Nurses Day. A global salute to our healthcare heroes!

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tireless efforts of our healthcare warriors have been more salient than ever. Their sacrifices, their dedication to ensuring our well-being, have been nothing short of heroic. If you haven’t already, take a moment to express your gratitude to these invaluable individuals. Here are a few ways you can show your appreciation:

  1. Pen a heartfelt letter or postcard.
  2. Craft a sign of gratitude to be displayed outdoors.
  3. Make a donation.
  4. Simply saying Thank you can brighten a nurse’s day.

Can you think of other ways to contribute or celebrate Nurses Day or the entire Nurses Week of 2024? Have you done something special to express your gratitude? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Wondering why our nurse recognition days hover around May 12th? It’s all thanks to Florence Nightingale, born on May 12th, 1820. An iconic figure in nursing, Nightingale revolutionized the profession during the Crimean War. Her dedication birthed the Nightingale Training School and her book, “Notes on Nursing”, became a cornerstone in nursing education. Here’s to Florence, and to all the nurses following in her remarkable footsteps!

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