Celebrating nurses and their contributions during the month of May has been a part of my annual calendar for decades. Over the last year, the crucial role of nursing and the consequences of nursing shortages have become even more clear. As we relied on nurses to be the frontline care providers through the pandemic, we watched them navigate increased workloads and extraordinary changes that happened at breakneck speed. Today, we are grateful for the expanded opportunity to recognize nurses and show our appreciation for their impact.
From a Day to a Week to a Month to a Year
The tradition of celebrating nurses in May to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s birthday was formalized in 1980s with President Ronald Reagan proclaiming “National Recognition Day for Nurses” to be May 6, 1982. In the early 1990s, the ANA Board of Directors expanded the recognition of nurses to a week-long event, and May 6-12, 1991 was the first National Nurses Week. In 2020, the ANA expanded Nurses Week to be Nurses Month, with the entire month of May designated as a time to increase the visibility of the vital work of nurses.
Recognizing the critical role nurses have in the delivery of healthcare, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared 2020 to be The Year of the Nurse. Just as the world kicked off a year-long tribute to nurses, the pandemic happened. As COVID-19 surged, there was no doubt about the essential importance of nurses. But there was little time to celebrate them.
Then, the ANA joined with the WHO in extending the Year of the Nurse into 2021, providing more opportunities to value and applaud nurses.
We Support Nurses
Our Hospital IQ team is honored to serve nurses by delivering predictive staffing solutions that help protect their physical and mental well-being. The concept of artificial intelligence can seem very impersonal. We harness the power of AI to make an impact in areas that are very personal to nurses – their work/life balance and their work environment. Our goal is to elevate and optimize the role of nursing through the use of technology.
From a day to a week to a month to a year, the time set aside to formally recognize and appreciate nurses has expanded, which is so fitting. The care, insight, and dedication of nurses has an immeasurable impact every minute of every day.
Today, we welcome the opportunity to say thank you! Nurses, your enormous contributions are valued, recognized, and appreciated.
Happy Nurses Day, Week, and Month! Let’s continue the celebration through 2021 and beyond.
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