The Division of Nursing celebrates National Nurses Week

In honor of the dedication of nursing professionals, The Division of Nursing is proud to celebrate National National Nurses Week from May 6 through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

In 1982 when the American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors formally acknowledged May 6 as National Nurses Day, Congress affirmed a resolution making it National Recognition Day for Nurses. On March 25, 1982, President Reagan signed a proclamation which proclaimed May 6, 1982 as National Recognition Day for Nurses.

In 1990, the ANA expanded the recognition of nurses to a whole week beginning on Nurses Day (May 6) and culminating on May 12, in celebration of the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. In 1993, the ANA designated May 6-12 as permanent dates for National Nurses Week regardless of the days of the week.

In years since then additional days have been added to the Nurses Week celebration. May 8 has been designated as Student Nurses Day and in 2003, it was decided that the Wednesday of Nurses Week should be National School Nurses Day.

The International Council of Nurses proclaimed May 12 as International Nurses Day in 1974. Countries such as the UK, Canada and Australia celebrate Nurses Day on May 12 and have Nurses week celebrations which surround May 12.

For information, visit the American Nurses Association website.

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