Andrea Corrado Ed.D., MSN, RN, NCC associate professor of nursing,
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 – August 13, 1910). These permanent dates recognize the role nurses have played in healing humanity, and honors the individuals known as the “heart of healthcare”.
Florence Nightingale was a celebrated English, social reformer, statistician and the founder of modern nursing. She became well-known while taking care of wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. Nightingale was nicknamed “The Lady with the Lamp” because at night she would walk among the beds, checking the wounded, holding a lamp in her hand. Just like Florence Nightingale, nurses today are sacrificing to put others above themselves.
At this very moment, the world is watching in awe as nurses are in the spotlight on the frontlines of an epidemic that poses more questions than answers. From AIDS to 9/11 to Ebola and countless other outbreaks, nurses answer the call. Nursing is a profession of selflessness. You give not to receive, but simply to serve others in need. Nursing recognition is especially meaningful during this COVID-19 pandemic highlighting and elevating the central role nurses serve in health care and beyond.
We are seeing the many different ways nurses are contributing, adapting, and taking the lead. Nurses continue to serve on the front lines of care delivery. They are also conducting virtual research, providing innovative telehealth, and converting traditional educational environments to online learning.
Academic nurse leaders are rising to the occasion by supporting students’ success. Faculty are finding creative solutions to help students complete their required clinical hours despite healthcare facilities closing off student access. Nurses at all levels of practice continue to innovate and lead in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
Although life as we know it may have changed, the core character of nurses has not. The lessons of Nightingale’s nursing practice during the Crimean War are still being applied today.
Almost 200 years after her birth, “The Lady with the Lamp” continues to illuminate our path inspiring nurses and health care professionals to continually improve, while never settling for the status quo.
Nurses have always been heroes. The world needs them now more than ever. Visionary words spoken by Florence Nightingale 150 years ago, hold immense truth as we navigate today’s COVID-19 crisis: “It will take 150 years for the world to realize the full value and contribution of the professional nurse”.
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