In today’s climate, the essential work of the healthcare industry should be recognized and celebrated more than ever. So, there couldn’t be better timing for the upcoming National Nurses Week and the National Hospital Week that follows.

National Nurses Week was officially designated by President Nixon in 1974 but has been celebrated for over 60 years, starting in the 1950s. The World Health Organization has crowned 2020 as The Year of The Nurse. The theme this year is “A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health.”

Every year, Nurses week begins on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday—the founder of modern nursing. To continue applauding the people who keep our communities healthy, the celebrations lead into National Hospital Week, from May 10-16.

Compassion, Expertise, Trust

While some of us have bad days at work, we will never fully grasp the weight of what healthcare professionals experience every day. The sacrifices they make, responsibility they carry, and pressures they perform under are unlike anything else.

Thank you to our nurses, and everyone who makes our hospital a place of hope and healing. The physical, mental, and emotional strength it requires to be in the medical field is truly a calling. It is because of your compassionate care and giving heart that we are able to serve our community in the best way possible!

Say Thanks

Show your gratitude for the Nurses and healthcare workers that dedicate their lives to our health by:

  • Calling a local hospital and offering to have food or sweet treats delivered to their facility
  • Making and mailing thank you cards
  • Creating signs for nurses and hanging them in your window
  • Share why you’re thankful for healthcare workers on social media and tag #NursesWeek and #HospitalWeek

The More You Know

Here are five fun facts about nurses to take away with you:

  1. The Gallup Survey has named nursing the highest-trusted profession for the 14th year in a row.
  2. There are currently 104 nursing professions, including surgical, clinical, advanced practice, and many more.
  3. The first nursing school was established in India in 250 B.C.
  4. There are over 3.8 million nurses in the United States – that’s about as many people who live in Los Angeles.
  5. Nurses walk an average of 4-5 miles during a 12-hour shift.

Did you learn something new? Be sure to share this article in honor of #NursesWeek and #HospitalWeek!

Disclaimer: As a service to our readers, Phoenix ER & Medical Hospital and Nutex Health state no content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.


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