National Nurses Day 2021 Takes Special Meaning in Wake of COVID-19


Today, May 6, 2021, is National Nurses Day. National Nurses Day kicks off a seven-day celebration of National Nursing Week, which concludes on May 12, the birthday of pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale.

 Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), was a British nurse known as "the founder of modern nursing." 

National Nurses Day was first observed in the United States in October 1954 to mark the 100th anniversary of Nightingale's pioneering work during the Crimean War (1853-1856) in Europe. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 6 to be "National Recognition Day for Nurses." 

 The role of nurses has taken on special meaning over the past 14 months as they have been on the front lines of treating patients since the COVID-19 pandemic began in the United States in March 2020. 


Nurses comprise the largest proportion of health care workers in the United States.  You can find nurses not only in hospitals, but in nursing homes, schools, primary care doctors, and even private home health care field.

Show your appreciation to nurses in your communities today. Thank them for their contributions to society.