It’s National Nurse’s Week so I wanted to share a little bit of history with you since I have the privilege of celebrating this special week every year.
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy, on May 12, 1820. During the Crimean War, she and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital, reducing the death count by two-thirds. In the evenings she moved through the dark hallways carrying a lamp while making her rounds, ministering to patient after patient. The soldiers, who were both moved and comforted by her endless supply of compassion, took to calling her “the Lady with the Lamp.” Her writings sparked worldwide health care reform. In 1860 she established St. Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. She died August 13, 1910, in London.
At our clinic this week, we were provided with little treats on our desks, ice cream floats, pancake breakfast, and lunch today. The theme was Superheros, so we were allowed to wear a superhero shirt today and we were given our “super power” award and superhero pin.
To all of you nurses out there, thank you for what you do!! I love being a nurse and I am so glad I chose this career. I do not currently work on the floor full-time, but I am more behind the scenes now. I am the one sitting in the office in the back working with the difficult insurance companies getting medications approved for patients. It can be very time consuming and aggravating. Every once in a while, I float over to the main hospital or one of the other clinics and cover the pre-op departments when someone has to be out. One of the reasons I wanted to be a nurse is because there are so many different routes I can take and if I get tired of doing that one particular job, there are so many other options. If you see a nurse today, tell them “thank you”. It really does mean a lot to us to know that what we do every day makes a little bit of a difference in someone’s life.
Here’s a few funnies I found on Google…
I hope you enjoyed this post and that you have a bad Ash day!! 🙂