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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

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Happy Nurses Week! May 6-12!

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In 1857, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem titled Santa Filomena, in which he described how a young woman watched over the patients in the army hospital at night, alone and carrying a lamp. "In that hour of misery, a Lady with a lamp I see ..."

Those words not only immortalized Florence Nightingale, but also the profession she was practicing during the Crimean War-nursing. After returning from that war in 1856, she worked as a leader of the movement to reduce sickness and poverty in Britain. She became a public health adviser to governments all over the world. Though many believe it, Nightingale did not invent nursing. There were already female nurses in British hospitals before 1856. What she did do was to make it safe for single women to be employed as nurses. This opened up a new career opportunity for middle-class women, and improved the quality and quantity of female nurses.

Nightingale died in 1910 and was buried in the churchyard in England. But her legacy lives on with each graduating class of nursing students.

To recognize the many contributions of the profession, Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to U.S. President Eisenhower asking him to proclaim a special day for nurses. There was no proclamation rendered. However, later that year, National Nurses' Week was observed marking the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's mission to Crimea.

In 1974, after the proclamation by the International Council of Nurses that May 12, would be 'International Nurse Day,' President Nixon designated a week as 'National Nurse Week.'

Eight years later, the American Nurses Association board of directors, in a joint resolution with the United States Congress, designated May 6, to be 'National Recognition Day for Nurses.' President Reagan then signed this proposal.

This day was expanded to a week (May 6-12) in 1990. The week begins on May 6, with the 'National Recognition Day for Nurses' and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

"Nurses' Week was created to honor the nurses that give care to millions of patients each day of the year," says Ann Pelissier Neeld, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Battle Creek Health System. "It is no surprise that the public continuously rates nursing as one of the most respected professions. Their healing hands and vigilant attention to their patients' needs nurture the human spirit. While complimentary words are not adequate to express the gratitude of patients for their kindness and countless, selfless deeds throughout the year, BCHS can extend our heartfelt thanks annually during Nurses' Week."


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3 comments:

Turner Family said...

How did you know all this??? Did you research it today or have you know this?
I knew none of it.
FYI Clara Barton is my favorite nurse of all time.

Stacey said...

Happy Nurses Week to you. We kicked it off today at the hospital by giving our nurses sweet treats, I feel bad because half of them are on in a weight loss competition.

Lindsay said...

Yeah for us nurses!! We know the real value of getting a lunch break huh?? Anyways, have a great nurses day!!

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