Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence
Supported by the American Nurses Association, National Nurses Week celebrates nurses and their role in society. The week also helps to raise awareness about nursing as a possible career choice and also to educate the public about the kind of work nurses are involved in.
To coincide with Florence Nightingale's birthday (12th of May), National Nurses Week begins on the 6th of May and finishes on the 12th of May each year. National Student Nurses Week also coincides with National Student Nurses Day which is on the 8th of May each year.
The week celebrates the legacy of Florence Nightingale, a nurse who became famous for treating wounded soldiers during the Crimean war, and for her work in establishing nursing as a profession in its own right. Florence was affectionately known as 'The Lady With The Lamp'; she made a lot of her ward rounds at night whilst carrying a lamp. Florence Nightingale founded a nursing school in 1860, providing the first type of professional nursing establishment in the world.
The American Nurses Association (ANA), sponsors of National Nurses Week, have promoted and supported the nursing profession since 1896.