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NATIONAL NURSES WEEK HISTORY

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week each year.

The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896. Each of ANA's state and territorial nurses associations promotes the nursing profession at the state and regional levels. Each conducts celebrations on these dates to recognize the contributions that nurses and nursing make to the community. 

The ANA supports and encourages National Nurses Week recognition programs through the state and district nurses associations, other speciality nursing organizations, educational facilities, and independent health care companies and institutions.

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This modified “Hippocratic Oath” was composed in 1893 by Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses in Detroit, MI. It was called the Florence Nightingale Pledge as a token of esteem for the founder of modern nursing.

I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE PLEDGE

1953

1954

1954

"National Nurse Week" was observed from October 11–16. The year of the observance marked the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's mission to Crimea. Representative Frances P. Bolton sponsored the bill for a nurse week. A bill for a "National Nurse Week" was introduced in the 1955 Congress, but no action was taken. Congress discontinued its practice of joint resolutions for national weeks of various kinds.

1972

Again a resolution was presented by the House of Representatives for the President to proclaim "National Registered Nurse Day." It did not occur.

1974

1974

In January, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) proclaimed that May 12 would be "International Nurse Day." (May 12 is the birthday of Florence Nightingale.) Since 1965, the ICN has celebrated "International Nurse Day."

In February of that year, a week was designated by the White House as "National Nurse Week", and President Nixon issued a proclamation.

1978

1978

New Jersey Governor Brendon Byrne declared May 6 as "Nurses Day." Edward Scanlan, of Red Bank, NJ, took up the cause to perpetuate the recognition of nurses in his state. Mr. Scanlan had this date listed in Chase's Calendar of Annual Events. He promoted the celebration on his own.

1981

1981

ANA, along with various nursing organizations, rallied to support a resolution initiated by nurses in New Mexico, through their Congressman, Manuel Lujan, to have May 6, 1982, established as "National Recognition Day for Nurses."

1982

1982

In February, the ANA Board of Directors formally acknowledged May 6, 1982 as "National Nurses Day." The action affirmed a joint resolution of the United States Congress designating May 6 as "National Recognition Day for Nurses."

President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation on March 25 proclaiming "National Recognition Day for Nurses" to be May 6, 1982.

1990

1990

The ANA Board of Directors expanded the recognition of nurses to a week-long celebration, declaring May 6–12, 1991, as "National Nurses Week."

1993

1993

The ANA Board of Directors designated May 6–12 as permanent dates to observe "National Nurses Week" in 1994 and in all subsequent years.

1996

1996

The ANA initiated "National RN Recognition Day" on May 6, 1996, to honor the nation's indispensable registered nurses for their tireless commitment 365 days a year. The ANA encourages its state and territorial nurses associations and other organizations to acknowledge May 6 as "National RN Recognition Day."

1997

1997

The ANA Board of Directors, at the request of the National Student Nurses Association, designated May 8 as "National Student Nurses Day."

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Register today for our live webinar, Emerging Technology and Its Impact on Nursing Practice! You’ll earn free CE as you gain new knowledge about

  • The impact of technology on your day-to-day practice
  • What you need to do to adapt
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Date: May 9, 2018 

Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

Registration closes: May 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. EDT

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1953

Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower to proclaim a "Nurse Day" in October of the following year. The proclamation was never made.

1972

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