This week-long celebration is especially close to our hearts at the Natick Walpole VNA! It is a time to honor and express gratitude to nurses for their pivotal contribution to society.

May 6th is National Nurses Day, and May 12th is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is considered the founder of modern nursing. Those two dates signal the start and end of the celebration.

While many people consider National Nurses Week as a newer instillation, its origin story goes back many years! The first proposal for National Nurses Day was sent to President Eisenhower in 1953, but no official proclamation was signed until 1982 by President Ronald Reagan.

The best way to celebrate National Nurses week, of course, is to incorporate care for nurses into every day of the year.

So, whether you know a nurse, you are a nurse or simply want to thank them for all they do, celebrate with us as we honor and thank nurses both past and present!