National Nurses Day is a significant observance each-and-every year, but following an unprecedented year like 2020 and, considering all that our valued frontline essential healthcare providers have done for us, this year just seems that much more important.
Since the tail end of the 19th century, Florence Nightingale, the ‘Lady with the Lamp’, who revolutionized the nursing profession, the industry has seen important strides for both nurses and patients. The day allows us to recognize just how important the role nurses play in our lives is. They are the heart and soul of the healthcare system. There are almost five million nurses in the U.S. today and make up the highest percentage of employees in the U.S. healthcare industry.
The weeklong event was first observed in October of 1954 as part of the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s work. In 1974, U.S. President Richard Nixon anointed National Nurses Week would be celebrated annually in May.
Ways to Celebrate Nurses as Part of National Nurses Day and Nurses Week
- Thank the nurses in your life, whether colleagues, your employees, family, friends, or those caring for you at the moment. Sharing your gratitude for their tireless efforts is important.
- Educate yourself about the women who paved the way for the industry and apply it to just how far the profession has come and its importance in the industry.
- Lend an ear, because nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system, but they are also the most-trusted profession and are constantly tending to patients, as well as family and friends, so chances are, they have a lot to talk about.
- Throw them a party, book them a spa day to help them unwind, buy them a gift basket or a floral arrangement or book them a trip, just to name a few.
This upcoming week, May 6-12, in celebration of National Nurses Week, we will be hosting a series of daily raffles and prize giveaways. Make sure you are following both MedPro Healthcare Staffing and The MedPro Experience Facebook accounts!
All of us here at MedPro Healthcare Staffing want to wish all nurses a happy National Nurses Day and National Nurses Week and thank them for all they do and continue to do for their patients!
At MedPro, we recognize the stress the pandemic has caused for healthcare professionals. Our blog aims to educate and keep them informed. Our MedPro Experience program is intended to reward our valued frontline heroes, via personalized gifts like, tokens of appreciation, work anniversaries and spotlighting important life moments. Additionally, we also recently launched our new freestyle rewards program, The Purple Circle, which allows you to select how you are rewarded in opting for gifts or cash.
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