National Nurses week usually runs May 6th through the 12th every year, always ending on the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. This year, the American Nurses Association expanded national Nurses Week to National Nurses Month in May. The theme for 2022 is: “Nurses Make a Difference”. So true. Nurses are essential to the health of our communities before, during and after the pandemic.
The month-long celebration will be divided into four weekly focus areas:
Week 1, (May 1-7) will center on Self-Care.
Week 2, (May 8-14) will focus on Recognition
Week 3 (May 15-21 will focus on Professional Development
Week 4 (May 22-31) will focus on Community Engagement
In the most recent 2022 Gallup Poll, nurses are number one in the survey of most ethical and honest professions for the 20th year in a row. According to Gallup, nurses have been the number one ranking profession since the inception of the list in 1999 with the exception of one year. That says volumes. The only year nurses were not number one was 2001, when firefighters understandably took the honor.
Nurses make an unparalleled impact on health care, positively affecting the health and well-being of our communities and our society. We find nurses in every health care setting, providing care to millions of people.
As we celebrate National Nurses Week this year, let’s all go out of our way to thank nurses. Send a thank-you card, donate lunch, or better yet, donate blood. Whether you are at the clinic, the hospital, your school, or run into a nurse in her scrubs at the grocery store, just say thank you. It’s the least we can do, and after 2-plus years of a pandemic, it’s long overdue, and more than well-deserved.