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National Nurses Week: Honoring Heroes
National Nurses Week begins on May 6, 2023 and is celebrated through May 12, 2023.
Sierra Health + Wellness Centers honors the heroic contributions, dedication and sacrifices of nurses.
May 6 is National Nurses Day – May 12 is the birthdate of celebrated nurse Florence Nightingale.
Whether at at Sierra Health + Wellness Centers or in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, hospice facilities, or private homes – nurses provide a high level of care to their patients. Nursing has always been a profession that needs more than just time and comprehensive knowledge. Nursing also requires heart, passion, and dedication to serving others.
Nurses are essential and valuable members of America’s healthcare workforce providing care through every stage of life; caring for patients at their most critical and vulnerable moments.
Nurses work in a wide range of specialties and settings – from school nurses who administer vaccines to highly specialized oncology nurses who assist in life-saving treatment decisions.
According to the American Nurses Association, the 2023 theme is “You Make a Difference.” The week is just a part of the larger National Nurses Month, which is celebrated from May 1 to the 31st.
Per the ANA, there are 4 weekly focus areas highlighted this year.
May 1-7: Self-Care
May 8-14: Recognition
May 15 -20: Professional Development
May 22-31: Community Engagement
Florence Nightingale: ‘The Lady with the Lamp’
Founder of Modern Nursing
Florence gained the nickname ‘the Lady with the Lamp’ during her work at Scutari. ‘The Times’ reported that at night she would walk among the beds, checking the wounded men holding a light in her hand. The image of ‘the Lady with the Lamp’ captured the public’s imagination and Florence soon became a celebrity.Florence Nightingale: The Lady with the Lamp
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), known as “The Lady With the Lamp,” was a British nurse, social reformer and statistician best known as the founder of modern nursing.
In the Victoria Era, nursing was not considered to be a profession worthy of ‘well brought-up young ladies’. Born into a wealthy family, Florence overcame the narrow opportunities offered to girls of her station. In 1851, despite the disapproval of her family, she completed a course of nursing training in Germany.
Her experiences as a nurse during the Crimean War were foundational in her views about sanitation. She often worked long into the night and gained the nickname “The Lady with the Lamp”. She would wander the halls of the hospital long after dark, holding a lamp and tending to patients.
Other soldiers nicknamed her the “Angel of Crimea” as the hospital’s death rates were reduced by two-thirds. Florence not only cleaned up the hospital and helped its patients, but she also improved the services there. She created a kitchen and a laundry to ensure that patients had clean linen, which would prevent the spread of disease.
As a nursing manager on the frontlines in the Crimea, Nightingale introduced hygiene protocols and other measures that drastically reduced infections and deaths in battlefield hospitals.
Her work in the Crimea set the standards for modern nursing. For the rest of her life, she continued to campaign for improved sanitary conditions in both military and civilian hospitals. She established St. Thomas’s Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses in 1860. Her efforts to reform healthcare upgraded the quality of care in the 19th and 20th centuries.
National Nurses Week Freebies and Discounts
Firehouse Subs’ free sandwich deal May 6 and May 7
Firehouse Subs is offering nurses a free medium sub with the purchase of an additional medium or large sub, chips and drink, on May 6 and May 7. Just show proof of employment to get the offer.
Green Chef offers 70% off + Free Shipping on your first Green Chef box, plus free shipping and 15% off other orders for the next year to nurses who verify their eligibility through ID.me.
Hello Fresh is offering nurses with ID.me verification 55% off, plus free shipping on their first Hello Fresh order and ongoing 15% off.
MOD Pizza on May 9
Mod Pizza has a Buy One, Get One Free MOD-size pizza or salad offer for nurses that present valid ID on May 9, 2023. This offer is available at all Mod Pizza locations.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop has free cookie or drink for nurses, teachers
Potbelly will give teachers and nurses a free cookie or regular-sized soft drink when they purchase an entrée May 6 through May 12. Just show your work ID or badge when ordering any entrée (sandwich, salad, soup, or pick your pair; in-shop orders only).
Nurses and teachers can get a free 32-ounce tea through May 10 by showing valid medical or educator ID at participating at McAlister’s Deli locations. No purchase necessary, but limit one per person; not valid on flavored shots or other beverages. Must order in person for dine in and takeout orders only.
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