Let’s Celebrate!

By Jenny Palmgren, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager, MSSI

Every year we celebrate National Nurses Week from May 6th – 12th with National Nurses Day being the 6th. Did you know that this special week ends every year on May 12th as that was Florence Nightingale’s birthday? I have been an RN since 2005 and I had not realized that. I guess the saying is correct, “You learn something new every day.”

I just want to personally thank every single nurse out there as this job is not an easy one. Thank you for the contributions that you make to the community and the vital role you play in health care! Many of the patients and families we interact with daily do not always understand how hard this job is and how physically and emotionally demanding it can be.

As we celebrate this week, remember to focus on the reasons you came into this profession. I think back to when I developed my own desire to help patients and their families through difficult times in their lives as I was personally affected by the nurses that cared for my grandfather when I was younger and led me to my own nursing career path. While it’s nice to get recognition from your leaders on the great job you do day in and day out, the ultimate recognition is from the patients and families we touch every day. A simple smile, thank you, or heartfelt letter have always meant way more to me than a physical gift.

Also, remember to thank your fellow co-workers this Nurses Week as without them we would not get through some days! If you are on the other end at anytime as a patient or family member, remember to thank your caregivers as well.

“Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it.” – the founder of modern healthcare, Florence Nightingale.


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