Recognized annually from May 6th (National Nurses Day) to May 12th (the birthday of Florence Nightingale), National Nurses Week is one of the nation’s largest health care events, acknowledging the commitments nurses make to their community. The American Nurses Association (ANA) supports and encourages National Nurses Week through state and district nurses associations, educational facilities, and independent health care companies and institutions.
In 1982, the ANA Board of Directors, with a joint resolution with the US Congress, designated May 6th as National Recognition Day for Nurses. The proposal was officially signed by Ronald Regan. In 1990, the ANA Board of Directors expanded it to a week-long celebration (May 6-12) now known as "National Nurses Week”. The 2012 theme was “Nurses—Advocating, Leading, Caring.”
There are about 3 million licensed registered nurses in the United States, one-third of which hold bachelor’s degrees and one-fifth of which hold an additional academic degree beyond a bachelor’s, all according to the American Nurses Association and American Association of Colleges of Nursing. According to a 2011 Gallup poll, nursing was rated the most trusted profession out of 21 professions tested including doctors, teachers, and clergy.
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