Long Island, NY, United States, 05/09/2021 / News Bureau /
Members of the United States of America’s most trusted profession – nurses – are being celebrated this week.
Nurses Week May 6 to May 12
In the USA, May 6 is recognized as National Nurses Day. May 12 is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. We celebrate Nurses Week every year from May 6 to May 12. It is done to shine a light on the marvelous registered nurses, nurse practitioners, LPNs, and others all over the country. Nurses in the frontline of patient care and treatment have committed their lives to improve others’ lives.
“Select restaurants across the nation are showing nurses a little love by offering freebies and discounts for National Nurses Week, which officially kicks off Thursday with National Nurses Day. Dunkin’, which has more than 9,000 U.S. locations, has one of the biggest deals for Nurses Day. The week goes through May 12. The dates of the special offers and participation varies by location.” 
What is Nurses Week, and how did it begin?
In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland, an official of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, proposed creating an official nurse day for President Eisenhower. However, nothing came of it. About two decades later, in 1974, President Richard Nixon proclaimed a week in February to recognize the nursing profession’s contribution to society. In 1978, Brendon Byrne, the governor of New Jersey’s declared May 6 as National Nurses Day.
Reagan Never Forgot the Nurses
However, the first official recognition is attributed to President Ronald Reagan, who was the target of an assassination attempt in 1981. He was extremely impressed and moved by the care he received from the nurses after surgeons removed a bullet just inches from his heart. Reagan never forgot the nurses; he sent them thank-you notes and several letters of appreciation and encouragement. Nurse Day was made official on May 6, 1982, by an executive order signed by Ronald Reagan.
Restaurants Show Love To Our Hard-Working Nurses
This year, many restaurants show love to our hard-working nurses by giving them special offers, discounts, and freebies. Dunkin’ Donuts has come up with a scheme where a free medium hot or iced coffee is being given away at participating locations among their 9000 outlets across the USA for health care workers who show their I.D.
Gallup polls have shown that nationwide, nursing is considered the most trustworthy profession and has the highest ratings for honesty and professional, ethical standards. This year the rating has gone up by 4 points to a whopping 89%.
Small Gesture to Show Our Gratitude
2020 was truly the year of the nurse. We demanded more of them than ever before. They were asked to put their lives right on the front lines in the world’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Every year, this week is a small gesture to show our gratitude as an indebted nation by honoring the work nurses do every day.
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