It’s National Nurses week and the greater disabilities community has one of the biggest nursing shortages in the nation, according to Nurse Journal. This week at Sunrise, it’s all about celebrating those on the job. The Sunrise Group has dedicated nurses on staff in everyone of our seven states of operation.
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) first celebrated Nurses Day in 1965. Attempts for formal recognition began in 1953 with Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. She proposed that President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaim a “Nurses’ Day”; he did not approve it. It was not until January 1974 that the event was formally recognized. May 12th was chosen to be “Nurses Day” as it is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who is widely considered the founder of modern nursing. Since that time, celebration of the profession has expanded to a full week which kicks off on May 6th of each year.
National Nurses Week recognizes the millions of nurses who make up the backbone of the American healthcare system. And the annual shout-out is more than warranted! Join us in celebrating the nurses of Sunrise (and our nation,) who are at the forefront of improving the lives of those we serve and transforming healthcare.