National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurse Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
The nursing profession has evolved over the years, and opportunities for nurses have grown based on nurses’ interests and strengths. Many nurses choose to work primarily at the bedside on a Med/Surg floor or in the critical care area, while others have chosen non-traditional areas, like nursing informatics, law, forensics, capital equipment procurement, and consulting.
As a practicing RN in a local hospital in Dallas in addition to my role as a clinical analyst at MD Buyline, I believe that nurses today are fortunate to have so many opportunities and have employers that believe in our abilities to work “outside of the box”. As we continue to face challenging healthcare issues, nurses are using professional organizations as a vehicle for changing the way the world thinks about modern medicine and how we can care for our patients with greater positive outcomes. Although this week is a great time to thank a nurse, our satisfaction comes from knowing we made a difference in healthcare today and continue to search how we can better improve healthcare for tomorrow.