What Is National Nurses’ Week?
The 2022 National Nurses' Week takes place between May 6 and 12. The 12th of May is considered significant as it marks the birth date of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. An international observance of nursing is being held this week in an effort to raise awareness about nursing's value and the important role it plays in meeting our health care needs. It is an opportunity for people to recognize the nurses in their lives. Additionally, it provides an opportunity to recognize nurses as a whole within the healthcare industry. Nurses Make a Difference is the theme for this year's conference sponsored by the American Nurses Association (ANA); it honors nurses for the diverse roles they play and their positive contributions to society. We think this year's theme is particularly appropriate as nurses make such an enormous difference each and every day. Because of this reason, and countless others, we are exceptionally grateful for all your efforts.
The History of National Nurses’ Week
In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland, secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare,
proposed to President Eisenhower that a National Nurse Day be established. In February 1974, President Nixon created nursing week to honor the profession.
National Nurses Day was established by New Jersey's governor in 1978. A failed assassination attempt occurred in 1981 against President Reagan. He was treated by nurses who managed to dislodge a bullet inches from his heart. As a gesture of thanks and encouragement to the nurses, Reagan tracked them down after his
recovery. President Ronald Reagan signed an executive order establishing it on May 6, 1982. Additionally, the International Nurse Council declared May 12 as International Nurses Day in honor of Florence Nightingale. After a few years, the ANA decided that an entire week of celebrations was needed. Now we have National Nurses’ Week!
What Nurses Mean to SWC
Skilled Wound Care is a physician group that specializes in a variety of bedside procedures such as skin, wound, and ostomy treatments. We send our expert wound care doctors directly to skilled nursing facilities to help care for their most vulnerable patients. Everyday our wound care physicians partner with skilled, professional, and compassionate nurses to ensure patients get the best care possible. Our work at SWC wouldn’t be possible without the determination and support provided by local nursing staff. As a company, we would like to recognize our nursing partners for playing such a critical role in the healing experience for our patients and families. Our nursing partners have shown time and time again that they are devoted to caring for our patients and making their experience the best it can be. We are continuously inspired by their commitment and dedication and grateful for their partnership every day.
By providing the best care to their patients, our nurses are directly supporting our mission of touching and improving as many lives as possible. We are honored to join forces with nurses and celebrate the important work they do each day. From everyone here at Skilled Wound Care & Skilled Physicians Group, we thank you and we wish you all a wonderful National Nurses Week!
Are you a nurses looking for education or certification? If so, we encourage you to explore our sister site The College of Long-Term Care today. If you're a physician looking for wound care training or a career as a wound care doctor, we invite you to explore our physicians careers page.
Skilled Wound Care is a mobile surgical practice committed to transforming the chronic wound care model in nursing facilities. Wound care experts make weekly bedside visits to patients in long-term care facilities, avoiding transfers to hospitals or clinics. Our expert physicians give patients the most up-to-date and effective wound treatments, and educate facility staff on how to help patients continue to heal quickly and effectively between visits. This model of collaborative care allows SWC’s physicians to improve patients’ lives and health outcomes, to empower nursing staff, and to raise public awareness. Skilled Wound Care, along with its nurse and nursing home partners, is working every day to positively transform traditional nursing home wound care.