National Nurses Week starts each year on May 6 and ends May 12. The event commemorates the contributions that nurses and nursing make to the community as developed by the American Nurses Association (ANA). The full week of recognition also coincides with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, widely considered the founder of professional nursing.

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Here's to Nurses

The video, uploaded by Elsevier, showcases the role of nurses in the world. It broadens the knowledge of each viewer to the ratio of professional nurses caring for a great number of patients each day, in places like hospitals, doctors‘ offices, schools, and a whole lot more.

Moreover, the 3-minute video inspires not just its viewers, but all of our valued nurses, nursing educators, nursing students, nursing researchers, and individuals who support the nursing profession.

As it says, “Not just anyone can be a nurse.” It takes an individual with strength and endurance. A nurse must have the heart and the compassion to help others, and pull all the necessary skills together. Yes, it is a matter of “professionalism.”

This year’s theme is “Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving Health Systems’ Resilience.” Health authorities believe that an improved resilience of health systems is crucial in reaching Millenium Developmental Goals (MDGs). Currently, health systems are facing numerous challenges which threaten the realization of MDGs.

Here's to NursesAnd through this, each and every one of us, from this moment on, needed to remove the phrase “just a nurse” from our vocabulary. Let’s be proud of what we are and what we do!

Visit this link and show your support!

Let your fellow nurses know how proud you are in the profession. Share your thoughts within the nursing community by leaving a comment below!

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