national nurses week 2007 theme is nursing: a profession and a passion
often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers. as nurses, we work in emergency rooms, school based clinics, and homeless shelters, to name a few. we have many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher – and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.
national nurses week begins each year on may 6th and ends on may 12th, 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 as 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 (may 6-12) 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 specialty nursing organizations, educational facilities, and independent health care companies and institutions.
pa nurses: getting ready for national nurses week