Blog » Celebrating National Nurses Week 2015
Honoring nurses for everything they do throughout the year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) recently celebrated National Nurses Week from May 6-12, 2015.
ANA's National Nurses Week 2015 theme -- "Ethical Practice. Quality Care" -- recognizes the importance of ethics in nursing and acknowledges the strong commitment, compassion, and care nurses display in their practice and profession. The theme is an integral part of ANA’s 2015 Year of Ethics outreach to promote and advocate for the rights, health, and safety of nurses and patients.
May 12, the final day of National Nurses Week, is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who lived from 1820-1910, and was known as the founder of professional nursing, especially due to her pioneering work during the Crimean War. Due to her habit of making rounds at night, Nightingale became known as "The Lady with the Lamp."
National Nurses Week was first observed in 1954, the 100th anniversary of Nightingale's mission to Crimea. As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, and as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week each year.
During National Nurses Week, celebrations and receptions were held in hospitals and other healthcare facilities across the country.
Nurses are also encouraged to take the Florence Nightingale Pledge:
"I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care."
What did your nursing team do to celebrate National Nurses Week?
To learn more about National Nurses Week and how you can participate, go to www.nursingworld.org/NationalNursesWeek.