At Village On The Isle we are so thankful for our wonderful nursing team! They are the heart of our assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. It’s not surprising to see one of the nurses laughing with or hugging one of our residents. Many of our residents feel as though our nursing staff is a part of their family. They are definitely part of the Village family and we honor them this week and daily!
National Nurses week begins on National Nurses Day, May 6th, and is celebrated through May 12th. May 12th is also Florence Nightingale’s birthday, the founder of modern nursing. This week is celebrated to recognize the hard work and achievements of professional nurses, both active and retired. This week also raises public awareness of the value of nursing and educates others on the vital roles nurses play in meeting the health care needs of the American people.
The International Council of Nurses has celebrated national Nurses week since 1965, but the history of Nurses Day can be traced back to 1953. An official of the U.S. Department of Health Education & Welfare, Dorothy Sutherland, proposed to President Eisenhower to proclaim a “Nurses Day” however, he did not approve it. It wasn’t until 1974 that the decision was made to celebrate the day on May 12th and to also commemorate the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
In 1981, nurses in New Mexico started a resolution that May 6th would be announced as the “National Recognition Day for Nurses.” The ANA Board of Directors encouraged this proposal and in 1982, the United States Congress assigned May 6th to be the “National Recognition Day for Nurses.” Eventually it was expanded into a week long celebration.
This year, American Nurses Association (ANA) has chosen the theme, “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care.“ A theme that this Continuing Care Retirement Community practices daily!
To all of our nurses here at Village On The Isle and to nurses everywhere, retired or still serving we honor you and we thank you for all you do!