Celebrating National Nurses Day

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, on Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Known as “The Lady With the Lamp,”  Florence Nightingale was a British nurse, social reformer and statistician best known as the founder of modern nursing.

National Nurses Week is devoted to thanking nurses and other healthcare workers for the hard work they do every day keeping patients healthy, especially after a year of stress and long hours caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland, an employee at the United States Department of Health, sent a letter to President Eisenhower proposing a National Nurses Day. An official proclamation was not made. The following year, people began celebrating National Nurses Week on their own.

In 1974, President Nixon issued a proclamation by the White House as establishing a National Nurse Week. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation proclaiming “National Recognition Day for Nurses” to be May 6, 1982.

Since then the nation has used this opportunity to recognize nurses everywhere and celebrate their dedication and commitment to their patients and their profession. 

Now more than ever it is time to recognize AFSCME Ohio Council 8 and all nurses.

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