Dear Nightingales and Friends,
TODAY IS THE DAY. THIS WEEK IS THE WEEK. THE WORLD TAKES NOTICE. EVERY YEAR, IN VARYING WAYS AND VARYING DATES BETWEEN MAY 6TH AND MAY 12TH, NIGHTINGALES ARE CELEBRATED!
AND WE SHOULD BE!
WE ARE FABULOUS!
I know it is hard to see it sometimes. You are tired. Shifts are long. Physicians were tough to deal with. Patients are ringing on that call light like the world was coming to an end. Families are asking a million questions.
Everyone needs every second of your time. Now!
12 hours of running, charting, call lights, medications, medication changes, Plan A, Plan B… Plan QRST… Discharges and then immediate admissions, a thousand pages of charting – for each patient. Bathroom (I can’t remember the last time). Lunch? (Now you’re being funny). Appreciation? (Well a family did leave a box of candy – that the other shift ate and left us the box). Corporate appreciation? (We got a free cafeteria meal card. I remember the days when we received a celebration, sweatshirt and a mug. What do you remember?)
AND… EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE… ON A THURSDAY, 5 MINUTES BEFORE THE END OF YOUR SHIFT… THERE IS A SPARK OF INSPIRATION…
In my college sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi, we do a presentation for pledges and read to them how they are seen from the eyes of their sisters. It is a powerful, moving and heartfelt experience.
IF YOU ARE TIRED AND NEED MOTIVATION AND INSPIRATION ABOUT HOW YOU ARE SEEN THROUGH OTHER’S EYES, PLEASE SEE:
The AMERICAN NURSE PROJECT was created in 2012 by photographer Carolyn Jones, has woven a tale around the United States recording the experiences of nurses at work. The photographs, interviews and narratives aim to inspire audiences to think about nurses in a way that they may never have before.
Historically, according to the American Nurses Association, National Nurses Week began its journey in the United States in 1953, when Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower to proclaim a “Nurse Day” in October of the following year. Unfortunately, it never passed.
BUT WHEN DID YOU EVER HEAR OF NURSES GIVING UP?
In 1965, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) started celebrating “International Nurse Day”.
The very next year, from October 11-16, 1954, Representative Frances P. Bolton sponsored the bill for a nurse week. The year marked the 100th anniversary of Florene Nightingale’s mission to Crimea.
Since then, individual states have celebrated May 6 as Nurses Day. And in 1982, the ANA Board formally acknowledged My 6 as “National Nurses Day” and was affirmed by the United States Congress. On March 25, 1982, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation noting “National Recognition Day for Nurses”.
The American Nurses Association has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse” and names 2017’s Nurses Week, “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit” to celebrate nurses as advocates for health and wellness. Read more: 2017 ANA the Year of the Healthy Nurse.
In January 1974, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) proclaimed that May 12 would be “International Nurse Day”, celebrating the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Every year is celebrated with a nursing theme. The theme for 2017 is: NURSES: A VOICE TO LEAD – ACHIEVING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS. Read more
NIGHTINGALES – YOU ARE A COMPOSITE OF THE BEST OF EVERY OCCUPATION I CAN THINK OF:
Teachers. Politicians. Grassroots health programs. Engineers. Mediators (lawyers that are nice). Scientists. Philosophers. Entertainers. Nutritionists. Herbalists. Housekeeping. Nannies. Financiers. Psychics.
NIGHTINGALES – YOU HAVE SKILLS THAT EVERY OCCUPATION SHOULD BE ENVIOUS OF! YOU ARE:
Innovators. Educated. Initiators. Creative thinkers. Critical thinkers. The foremost experts at multi-tasking. Compassionate in the worst situations. Fearless. Brave. Advocates. Mediators. Role-models. Great teachers.
NIGHTINGALES, YOU HAVE THE HONORED POSITION TO BE AT THE INTIMATE TIMES AND PLACES IN PEOPLE’S LIVES AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE INFLUENCE, COMPASSION AND HEALING IN WAYS THAT NO OTHER PROFESSION HAS.
So, when you feel tired and unappreciated – like today…
I WANT YOU TO HEAR ME NOW…
I CELEBRATE YOU!!!
You are the best the world has to offer.
And there is no group in the world I would rather call my professional family… than you.
Inspire and Be Inspired Nightingales!
If you would like to support the work nurses around the world are doing, please consider supporting some of these programs.
And please share in the comments if you know of, or participate in a health program created by nurses! We would LOVE to hear what you are doing and share the news of your project!
The Florence Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing: Created by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut to celebrate excellence in Nursing. This annual award is given in each state to nurses that demonstrate excellence in nursing and creating projects that enhance health in their clinical areas or their community. Find the Nightingale Award information for awards in your area. Read More: The Florence Nightingale Award
The International Council of Nurses, please consider supporting their GIRL CHILD EDUCATION FUND which is a signature initiative of the Florence Nightingale International Foundation (FNIF). The Girl Child Education Fund supports the primary and secondary schooling of girls under the age of 18 in developing countries whose nurse parent or parents have died. Read more: GIRL CHILD EDUCATION FUND.
PROJECT HOPE: In 1969 Project HOPE began conducting health programs in the United States in the Southwest, helping primarily Hispanic and Native American communities. The programs traditionally targeted rural, medically underserved areas and focused on development primary care services and training primary health care workers. Project Hope was present during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and has shared its influence and healthcare support throughout the United States, China, Europe, Eurasia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. Read more: PROJECT HOPE.
INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER HQ: MEDICAL AND HEALTH VOLUNTEER ABROAD PROJECTS: This project provides international volunteers with the opportunity to work with healthcare professionals as well as student opportunities in countries around the world. Read more: INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER HQ