The Medical Center Honors Nurses During National Nurses Week

The Medical Center is celebrating and honoring nurses during National Nurses Week May 6-12, 2023, to formally acknowledge the tireless commitment of nursing professionals 365 days a year.

“Honoring our nurses this week highlights the comprehensive work done by this profession. Nurses are essential and perform some of the most important daily tasks and have direct contact with patients and their families,” said Amy Walker, Chief Nursing Officer. “I am extremely thankful to our nursing staff for the work they perform daily and am proud of their compassion, dedication, and respect they have for our patients, families, and each other.”

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower in 1953 to create an official Nurse Day. In 1954, the first National Nurses Week was observed in the month of October to honor the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's mission to Crimea. The original dates were changed to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s birthday, the founder of modern nursing.

“The Medical Center is proud of our nurses and thankful for their commitment to their patients and families,” said Iris Y. Stacker, Chief Executive Officer.