May 6th is National Nurses Day! We celebrate and support Nurses every day!
We set aside this day to raise awareness and celebrate the important role nurses play in society. It marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
Nurses are a vital part of a healthy society. They are in our community hospitals, clinics, schools and workplaces. Nurses recognize that patients are people and are more than a set of symptoms to be treated. Nurses become the advocate for their patients health, through listening, proving information and helping support the decisions the patient and their families make. As Health Care is at the forefront of the political landscape, Nurses are on the front line providing a unique perspective on cost effective, accessible health care. Nurses are highly resourceful, doing whatever is necessary to keep the patients safe.
Thank you for ALL that you do to care for those
who need a loving, skilled, and life-saving advocate.
Some fun facts about Nurses:
- The idea of making May 6th as the “National Recognition Day for Nurses” was first proposed by a group of nurses from Mexico. The proposal was signed by President Ronald Reagan and was later expanded into a week-long celebration (May 6-12) by the American Nurses Association’s Board of Directors in 1990.
- The International Nurses Day is celebrated every May 12th of each year.
- May 12, the final day of National Nurses Week, is the birthday of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). The English nurse became known as the founder of professional nursing, especially due to her pioneering work during the Crimean War (1853-1856). Due to her habit of making rounds at night, Nightingale became known as “The Lady with the Lamp”.
- The average Nurse walks 4 miles a day. Almost a mile more than a 5K run!
- Nursing is the nation’s largest health care profession with more than 3.1 million registered nurses nationwide
- A single nurse will see an average of 6.9 patients per day.
- Over 8.1 million people are cared for by a nurse each day.
- Nursing is the top occupation in terms of job growth, with employed registered nurses projected to grow 26% by 2020.
- Every 10% of Registered Nurses leads to a 4% decrease in the risk of death.
- Nurses comprise the largest single component of hospital staff, are the primary providers of hospital patient care, and deliver most of the nation’s long-term care.
- Nurses increased their ranks in a wide range of other settings, including private practices, health maintenance organizations, public health agencies, primary care clinics, home health care, nursing homes, outpatient surgicenters, nursing-school-operated nursing centers, insurance and managed care companies, schools, mental health agencies, hospices, the military, industry, nursing education, and health care research.
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nursing is the top occupation in terms of the largest job growth from 2008 – 2018. Government analysts project that more than 581,500 new RN jobs will be created through 2018. Other projections indicate that by 2025, the U.S. nursing shortage will grow to more than 260,000 registered nurses. Even as health care continues to shift beyond the hospital to more community-based primary care and other outpatient sites, federal projections say the rising complexity of acute care will see demand for RNs in hospitals climb by 36 percent by 2020 http://www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/fact-sheets/nursing-fact-sheet