This past week, we observed national nurses week. It begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale‘s birthday. It is an opportunity for us to pause and and say thank you for all the hard work and caring that nurses provide on the front lines of healthcare.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses are more in the spotlight, and their tireless efforts as healthcare heroes have been spotlighted. This is recognition that is long overdue. Nurses provide the majority of the bedside care which is the backbone of our healthcare system. This explains why the theme for this year‘s nurses week is “Frontline Warrior“
Trusted Health wrote that “Nurses Week is an annual celebration of all that nurses around the world to do for our communities. It is time to recognize, appreciate, and invest in the nurses we know or work with every day as well as the entire nursing industry as a whole.“
With all that is expected today of nurses, it is important to know that they are appreciated. They get pulled in a million different directions throughout their day, doing what needs to be done for their patients, while trying to adhere to extensive documentation requirements.
Dr. Patch Adams once said “You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.“ Because of this truth, nurses win every day.