Happy National Nurses Day and Week! National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Florence Nightingale (lifetime from 5/12/1820 – 8/13/1910) was the founder of modern nursing, as well as a British social reformer and statistician. Nightingale organized care for wounded soldiers during the Crimean War, while serving as a trainer and manager of nurses. She earned the nickname of “The Lady with the Lamp” during the war by carrying her lamp and making her rounds while checking on the wounded at night.
“I attribute my success to this; I never gave nor took any excuse.”
~ Florence Nightingale
More details about Florence Nightingale’s life can be found on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Nightingale
My Mother is a retired nurse and I worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide for many years. I understand how challenging, yet rewarding, the nursing field can be. Our Country’s nurses and medical staff have never experienced the likes of anything like COVID-19 in our lifetimes. They are on the frontline of a real threat and need the support of our communities and Country. There have been mixed messages in the media about the availability of PPE, also known as Personal Protective Equipment. From my past experience in healthcare, I’m prone to believe the healthcare providers and their need for additional PPE like facemarks, gloves, eye protection, N95 Respirators and Ventilators. For more information about PPE, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/index.html. or the FDA website at: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment-infection-control/faqs-shortages-surgical-masks-and-gowns. Thankfully, the supplies are increasing due to government, business and individual support, however there appears to be an ever-growing need.
For anyone interested in learning more about the nursing field, listen to Dr. Divina Grossman on Good Morning San Diego who is spreading awareness about National Nurses Week. https://www.kusi.com/national-nurses-weeks-kicks-off-sunday-next-weekend/
Also, there are some Freebies available during National Nurses Week for nurses and healthcare workers. The free food deals are on the following Thrillist site: https://www.thrillis1t.com/news/nation/national-nurses-week-deals-2020-free-food.
Again, “Thank you!” to all Nurses and Healthcare Providers. You have the support of your communities. Stay safe and take care of yourselves. Looking forward to getting through this and moving towards brighter days ahead.
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