Today is another day that is near and dear to me - National Nurse's Day/week. I remember the first year I was working. The hospital went around to all the floors delivering nice umbrellas to the nurses. In the past few years while I was working at home, I didn't get much in terms of gifts, but the appreciation was very apparent.
Nurses just want to be appreciated on this day and all days. Being a nurse is not a very easy job, not only do you have to have Patience (patients) but you also have to have knowledge, skill and a caring heart.
Nurses work nights, days, weekends and holidays. They spend time away from their own families to take care of your family member. When you take care of someone, you do so in a way that you imagine how someone would take care of you, or your family member.
Not only do you have to learn the skills, but you must continue learning, drugs change, procedures change. Things improve to make health care better.
Nurses can be found in all types of places such as schools, hospitals, DRs offices, and sports arenas, off shore wells, campgrounds, airplanes, and any place where the possibility of injury or illness is around.
Today is National Nurse's Day. According to holiday insites.com, the purpose of nurse's day is recognition to nurses for their contributions and commitment to quality health care. It brings awareness to the importance of nurses in the care , comfort, and well being of all of us, and especially our children and the aging, and those in poor health.
The roots of International Nurses Day goes back to 1953, when Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower to proclaim a "Nurse Day" in October of the following year. The proclamation was not officially made. But, this day was born and eventually gained national recognition. Some of the individual days include:
May 6-12: National Nurse's Week
May 8: National Student Nurses Day
May 6th: National Nurses Day
Wednesday of Nurse's Week: School Nurses Day
May 12: International Nurse's Day
November 14: Operating Room Nurse Day
So today, if you know a nurse, or come in contact with one today, make sure to say thanks for all their hard work!
(All images from Google)