Happy National Nurses Day!
Nurses Day (You’re Day)
National Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 6 to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. It marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, May 6-12.
Nurses are a pillar of American Health. Without RNs like Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton (see below) the profession of nursing would not be what it is today. Nursing is currently over 3 million strong in the United States and growing. It is the largest sector of American healthcare and an invaluable facet in the continued advancement of modern medicine.
The Founder of Modern Nursing
Florence Nightingale is known for her work in the Crimean War during which she gathered a group of nurses to go and tend to the wounded soldiers. Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in London in 1860 . She worked to give nursing a highly favorable reputation throughout her life and solidified in professionalizing nursing roles for women.
The First Nurse
Clara Barton was the founder and President of the American Red Cross. Barton was a hospital nurse in the American Civil War and is noteworthy for her humanitarian work in an era where women rarely worked outside the home. The work pioneered by Barton in her endeavors to help those in need paved the way for the expansion and growth of the Red Cross throughout the United States. As a result the nursing profession increased in notoriety and importance across the country.
Message from the CEO:
“On Nurses Day, we celebrate the great work of so many RNs throughout our country and abroad. As a company, we made it our aim from the very beginning to attract the best talent in the medical community. Ten years on it is clear we have delivered on that goal and will continue to do so. The advancement and growth of our RNs during their time with us is of the highest importance to us. So today as we reflect on the hard, diligent work of these dedicated individuals, we say thank you. We appreciate you and the invaluable work that you do!”
– Elizabeth Tracy, CEO