Did you ever wonder why National Nurses Week is not just a standing celebration on the second week of May? Instead it always starts on May 6th and always ends on May 12th – how come?
It’s because Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy on May 12th,1820. During the Crimean War (1853-1856) Ms. Nightingale organized a corps of nurses to care for soldiers, which began her foray into the world of medical care and treatment. Her contributions to nursing, nurse education, and to hospital reform were all significant achievements, particularly for a 19th century English woman. Known as “The Lady with the Lamp,” her work inspired both public support and royal recognition. On August 13th 1910, at the age of 90, she died peacefully in her sleep.
It might be daunting to be weighed against Florence Nightingale, but your dedication, commitment to service, and past experiences makes each of you a hero in our eyes.