On the second Tuesday of May, mark National Nurse Day with a marathon nursing walk. Organizers have called for registered nurses to participate in the trek, starting at 10 a.m. local time and proceeding to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The route will follow the walkways of the mall as well as other major metropolitan areas. The proceeds from the event will benefit the National Nurses Association. Nurses across the nation will take part in a massive rally to demand greater pay and union rights. It is likely to be one of the most prominent events in years for nurses, and many events will feature elements of the traditional May Day parade, with crowds chanting and waving banners.
Many years ago, nurses were considered a lower class. The men in their lives – doctors, pharmacists and other professionals – paid them less and sometimes didn’t even bother to acknowledge their existence. As the years progressed, attitudes began to change. A new consciousness was built up around the importance of nurses’ health. Nurses were no longer viewed as downtrodden and poorly compensated ‘walk-in’ professionals.
Nurses have built such a positive reputation that many cities host annual Nurse Appreciation Events on the first Tuesday of May. Several hospitals and health care organizations, such as hospitals, clinics and hospices, organize events to recognize nurses who have made it far and stand out of the crowd during the course of their career. The organizers hope to raise funds for nursing and to boost morale during a period of economic stress.
While the objective of the organizations organizing events for National Nurse Day might be different than what you would expect, the goal remains the same: to celebrate all forms of nursing. Many events include a number of tasks for nurses to undertake, ranging from cooking a special dinner to participating in a creative contest, to handing out promotional items. Others allow nurses to relax in the company of other nurses while taking part in activities and contests. In some instances, visitors may even be encouraged to make a donation in the name of a nurse who is missing or endangered.
National Nurse Day Quotes
- “Be the nurse you would want as a patient.”
- “Not all angels have wings…some have scrubs.”
- “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.”
- “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” –Mahatma Gandhi
- “Every day may not be wonderful, but there is something wonderful in every day.”
- “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” -William Shakespeare
- “Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts.” -Charles Dickens
- “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” –Steve Jobs
- “It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.” –Mother Teresa
There are also plenty of ways for nurses to contribute to healthcare improvement. They can participate in training sessions, for instance, which help them to become more versatile and effective. Nurses can also give advice and guidance to healthcare professionals, patients and families. They can foster a sense of community among medical staff members and among patients by volunteering at a local hospital. If you feel that you can contribute positively to healthcare in any way, it’s likely that you also have a genuine interest in people and in making the world a better place. If so, consider joining in on activities scheduled by organizations aiming to improve healthcare in the United States.
In line with this aim, nurses are also encouraged to network with other nurses. They can do this through various professional and community organizations, including by joining volunteer organizations. The National Nurses Association, for example, invites volunteers to take part in its annual Spring National Nurse Volunteer Day. It encourages participants to donate time and talent to nursing care facilities. At the same time, the association also provides resources and information for nurses interested in pursuing political and social activism.