MRMC is celebrating National Nurses Week and we invite you to join us in honoring the impressive cadre of men and women who lend their nursing expertise to MRMC and the community. We agree with a recent U.S. News Health article which likens nurses to super heroes because they “have the ability to lift patients twice their size, bladders of steel to survive beyond-busy shifts, laser-beam focus to juggle multiple patients, lightning-quick response to emergencies and unexpected contingencies, and future vision to foresee patients’ needs after discharge.”
We couldn’t do it without them, and a week of ice cream, goodies, and well-wishing isn’t nearly enough to express our gratitude. If you see a nurse around campus or out and about in the community, let them know how much you appreciate them!
About National Nurses Week
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event.
The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896. Each of ANA’s state and territorial nurses associations promotes the nursing profession at the state and regional levels. Each conducts celebrations on these dates to recognize the contributions that nurses and nursing make to the community.
The ANA supports and encourages National Nurses Week recognition programs through the state and district nurses associations, other specialty nursing organizations, educational facilities, and independent health care companies and institutions.
The Florence Nightingale Pledge
This modified “Hippocratic Oath” was composed in 1893 by Lystra E. Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses, Detroit. It was called the Florence Nightingale Pledge as a token of esteem for the founder of modern nursing.