We appreciate Nurses!

Celebrate Nurse Appreciation Week!

Nursing is often described as both an art and a science. Nursing is a profession that includes dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers.

Nurses work in multiple settings such as emergency rooms, school based clinics, and at the patients’ home. The roles are many – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and home health– and serve all of them well with a strong commitment to patient safety.

Enjoy a bit of history and trivia to celebrate Nurses Week.

  • 1954 National Nurse Week was observed from October 11 – 16. The year of the observance marked the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. Representative Frances P. Bolton sponsored the bill for a nurse week. Apparently, a bill for a National Nurse Week was introduced in the 1955 Congress, but no action was taken.
  • 1974 In January of that year, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) proclaimed that May 12 would be “International Nurse Day.” (May 12 is the birthday of Florence Nightingale.) Since 1965, the ICN has celebrated “International Nurse Day.”
  • 1974 In February of that year, a week was designated by the White House as National Nurse Week, and President Nixon issued a proclamation.
  • 1982 In February, the ANA Board of Directors formally acknowledged May 6, 1982 as “National Nurses Day.” The action affirmed a joint resolution of the United States Congress designating May 6 as “National Recognition Day for Nurses.”
  • 1982 President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation on March 25, proclaiming “National Recognition Day for Nurses” to be May 6, 1982.
  • 1990 The ANA Board of Directors expanded the recognition of nurses to a week-long celebration, declaring May 6 – 12, 1991, as National Nurses Week.