National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6 (also known as National Nurses Day) through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. It is a week to celebrate and honor nurses for their yearlong dedication and commitment to the field. This year’s National Nurses Week puts the spotlight on nurses at the forefront of healthcare transformation with the theme “Nurses Leading the Way.”
During National Nurses Week, hospitals and other healthcare organizations across the country are encouraged to help raise awareness of the value of nursing and educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of Americans. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has developed a National Nurses Week Toolkit to help you make the most of your celebration, including “Thank You” cards, National Nurses Week logos, press releases and more!
You can also show support for your nurse colleagues with the 2014 Dolphins for Nurses campaign, an initiative from Nurses House, Inc., that aims to raise funds for nurses in need throughout the country. From now through May 12, staff at major hospitals will have gold and blue “dolphins” available for a donation of $5 or $1. The dolphins can be displayed in a designated area at the hospital during National Nurses Week as a way for nurses to show support. All proceeds will benefit nurses in need. Learn more about the initiative in a recent broadcast by RNFM Radio, featuring Stephanie Dague, Director of Development for Nurses House, Inc.
For more information about National Nurses Week, visit www.nursingworld.org.