All across the United States, healthcare professionals are being saluted.
On May 6, 2010, Rue Education is joining the American Nurses Association in celebrating Nurses: Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow, as part of National Nurses Week, which is held May 6-12, every year. The purpose of Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of the American people.
The ANA and Rue Education are proud to recognize healthcare professionals everywhere on this particular day for their dedication, commitment and tireless effort to maintaining the health of this nation seven days a week, 365 days a year.
National Nurses Week History
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 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.
National Nurses Week Facts
- There are nearly 2.9 million registered nurses in the United States. And, 2.4 million of them are actively employed.
- The American Nurses Association was founded in 1896.
- Isabel Adams Hampton Robb was the first president of the American Nurses Association.
- According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report, more than 2.9 million RNs will be employed in the year 2012, up 623,000 from the nearly 2.3 million RNs employed in 2002.
- The nation's nurses rank first for their honesty and integrity, with 82 percent of Americans rating them "high" or "very high," according to a 2005 Gallup Poll.
- The American Nurses Association consists of 54 state and territorial associations. Their mission is to work with ANA's Associate Organizational Members and Organizational Affiliates for the improvement of health standards and availability of healthcare services for all people, foster high standards for nursing, stimulate and promote the professional development of registered nurses, and advance their economic and general welfare.