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, which ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
The English nurse became known as the founder of professional nursing, especially due to her pioneering work during the Crimean War (1853-1856).
National Nurses Week was first observed in October 1954, the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. May 6 was introduced as the date for the observance in 1982.
Join us in promoting this week of recognition by utilizing the American Nurses Association’s toolkit at https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/4850206/ANA/NationalNursesWeek2019-ResourceToolkit.pdf