Every year nurses and the nursing profession are celebrated across the country during National Nurses Week, beginning May 6, National Nurses Day, and ending on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale who is recognized as the founder of modern nursing.
Nursing staff in the clinic check patient vital signs, provide initial patient assessments, help to manage chronic illness and assist physicians with the delivery of treatments and therapies.
Hospital and clinic nurses also help educate patients regarding their care and work with patients on disease prevention and wellness, and initiate and participate in quality assurance and patient safety activities.
“Although we combine the recognition of our nurses with the recognition of our entire staff during National Hospital Week, which begins May 11, National Nurses Week provides us with the opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of our nurses and increase awareness within the hospital and in the community of all that our nurses do,â€ noted Conley.
National Nurses Week was observed for the first time in 1954 to mark the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingaleâ€™s mission to Crimea. However, it was not until 1974 that President Gerald Ford designated a week in February to honor the nationâ€™s nursing caregivers. The ANA established May 6 through May 12 as permanent dates to observe National Nurses Week in 1993.
“Recruitment and retention of nurses to small communities like Van Horn is a challenge because of the competition for nurses throughout Texas and the country,â€ said Jared Chanski, hospital administrator, “and we hope the community will join us in letting our nurses know how much we all appreciate them.â€