National Nurses Week - Southern Medical Association

National Nurses Week - May 6-12, 2017

Thank you for dedicating your life to helping others. Your devotion is truly appreciated throughout the year…and always.

During National Nurses Week, the Southern Medical Association extends to you a special appreciation for your untiring commitment to delivering comfort, caring, and healing to others.

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About Nurses Week

Nurses have always been an integral and invaluable part of the healthcare team and the origins of officially recognizing them and their contributions began in 1953 when Dorothy Sutherland proposed to President Dwight Eisenhower a “Nurse Day” proclamation.

Although this proclamation didn’t take place, over the next 40 years several states and nursing organizations issued declarations and passed resolutions in support of recognition, culminating in 1993 with the American Nurses Association’s permanent designation of May 6 – May 12 as National Nurses Week.

Thank You For Your Commitment

During National Nurses Week, the Southern Medical Association extends to you a special appreciation for your untiring commitment to delivering comfort, caring, and healing to others.

Because of your pledge to compassionate quality patient care, you are an invaluable part of the healthcare team. On behalf of SMA, thank you for your devotion and dedication to making a profound and lasting difference in health care.

10 Interesting Facts About Nursing

1 In the United States, there are more than 5.5 million nurses and nurses aides -- five times the size of the US Army.

2 Of all students enrolled in health professions, half are studying nursing.

3 Established in 1862, the New England Hospital for Women and Children was the first nursing school in the United States.

4 As the chief of the US Army Nurse Corp, nurse Florence Blanchfield was the first woman to receive permanent commission in the US Army. She was commissioned as a lieutenant colonel in 1947.

5 The first nursing school was in India and its history can be traced to 250 BC.

6 Juan de Mena, who survived a shipwreck in the 17th century, is considered to be the first nurse in the New World.

7 In October 1902, Lina Rogers Struthers became the first US school nurse and within 30 days had taken care of more than 10,000 children in four schools.

8 The US Army Nurse Corp was started in 1901.

9 Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife of US President Abraham Lincoln, served as a volunteer nurse during the Civil War.

10 Florence Nightingale was a nurse for only 3 years.

SMA is pleased to offer a selection of items for National Nurses Week that will be the perfect complement to your celebration.

Call with questions or to place an order - we are happy to help. (800)423-4992 Ext. 124

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