National Nurses week runs May 6th through the 12th every year, always ending on the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. As we continue to deal with the pandemic, it seems a week is too short to truly celebrate and thank nurses for all they have done and continue to do across America.
Here are a few statistics to consider as we celebrate nurses. There are over 4 million nurses in the United States, and approximately 104 thousand nurses in Minnesota. About 10% are male.
There are 80+ types of nursing careers and specialties. As I thought about this, I realized that for most of us, a nurse is one of the first people we come in contact with when we come into this world, and for many, the hospice nurse will be one of the final people we see as we leave this life. In between, we come in contact with nurses at school, the clinic, the hospital, nursing homes, and even our own homes.
In the most recent Gallup Poll, nurses are number one in the survey of most ethical and honest professions for the 19th 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.
This year’s theme for National Nurses Week is: Celebrating our Frontline Warriors. This theme is only fitting given the challenges every single nurse has faced these past 16 months.
As we celebrate National Nurses Week this year, let’s all go out of our way to thank to every nurse we see. If you are at the clinic, or getting your vaccination, or just run into a nurse in her scrubs at the grocery store, just say thank you. It’s well deserved, it’s the least we can do, and it’s long overdue.