2020 taught us many things. One of the most important is how essential our nursing heroes really are. As 2021 continues to roll on, we must continue to recognize and remember nurses’ contributions and how their hard work has made such a difference.
2020: Year of the Nurse
2020 was designated the Year of the Nurse thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and the incredible heroics of nurses all over the country, as well as the world. Now, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other global colleagues are extending the Year of the Nurse into 2021, thanks to these tireless heroes’ ongoing contributions to public health.
From National Nurses Week to National Nurses Month
In 1953, the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare proposed proclaiming a “Nurse Day” in October of the following year. The proclamation wasn’t made, but “National Nurse Week” was observed the next year to mark the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea.
In 1982, President Ronald Reagan declared May 6th National Recognition Day for Nurses. Eight years later, the American Nurses Association (ANA) expanded the day to a week-long recognition, and National Nurses Week was born. The week was declared permanent by the ANA’s Board of Directors in 1993, and it’s been celebrated ever since. Now, the ANA has expanded National Nurses Week 2020 to Nurses Month this May!
Sending a Special “Thank You”
From all of us here at Health Advocates Network, we want to send a sincere “Thank You” to all of the hardworking nurses and healthcare professionals around the country. Your contributions in the past year, and the contributions you’re continuing to make as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, will not go unrecognized. We would not be here without you!
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