The History of National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week has been around for as long as some can remember, but the process took almost more than half a century. With the week quickly approaching and over soon, we at Freedom Home Care would like to tell you a little about its’ history.


So, from your home care agency, here it is! In 1953 a woman by the name of Dorothy Sutherland who worked for the US Department of Health proposed an idea to have a Nurse Day for the next year. On the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s Crimean mission, Nurses Week took place.


Moving on to 1981. In 1981 the ANA, along with other nursing organizations, supported another idea from nurses in New Mexico. These nurses wanted to establish May 6th as National Recognition Day for Nurses.


During that same year, president at the time, Reagan, signed the proclamation that stated May 6, 1982 as National Recognition Day for Nurses. What better way to celebrate all that nurses do for us than to give them a special day!


It didn’t stop there. In 1993 the dates May 6th-12th were set as the permanent dates for National Nurses Week. In 1998, May 8th was selected as the National Student Nurses Day. This whole week is spent celebrating nurses hard work and talent, as long as giving them thanks for all that they do!


So, if you see a nurse tell them thank you for all their hard work and dedication to providing the best patient care! Their work does not go unnoticed and it is no wonder these men and women deserve a whole week to be celebrated!


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