Nurses are the blood and beating heart of a hospital, which is why in 1993 the American Nurses Association declared May 6-12 as the national week to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession.
National Nurses Week is a time for everyone – individuals, employers, other health care professionals, community leaders, and nurses – to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses. Each year, the celebration ends on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12, to honor the founder of modern nursing and her legacy.
National Nurses Week hasn't always been celebrated.
The first record of nurses dates all the back to 300 A.D. in the Roman Empire, but it's only become a respected profession in large effort to Florence Nightingale's training and management in the later half of the 19th century. Even then, it took another century before National Nurses Week passed in Congress.
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Your effort to say thank you goes a long way.
Take time to recognize your staff for their hard work and dedication. For businesses with small budgets, gift cards are a great way to say thank you to your whole team and allow you to choose from brands that work best for you recipients.