Aero Jet Medical Air Ambulance Authority congratulates and celebrates the women and men around the world who have chosen nursing as their life’s calling on this, the 60th anniversary of Dorothy Sutherland’s 1954 National Nurses Week. AJM is proud to be a part of the nursing gamf.net tradition by providing highly skilled and dedicated flight nurses as part of their fixed wing air ambulance transportation team.
May 6 marks the start of a week-long celebration in which we recognize and honor the dedication and service of nurses around the world. First proposed in 1953 by Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the establishment of National Nurses Day had a rocky start. The first celebration of national Nurses Week occurred the following year in October 1954, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Florence anagazawe.com Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. A bill to declare a National Nurse Week was introduced into Congress in 1955 but no action was taken. It would be 18 years before another resolution would be presented attempting to declare a National Nurse Day, this occurring in 1972. As before, no action was taken on that resolution.
Two years later in 1974 the International Council of Nurses (ICN) proclaimed Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12th, to be International Nurse Day. Here in the United States, the American Nurse Association (ANA) along with other organizations continued their efforts to have a day designated to honor the profession. Finally, in 1982, a joint resolution of Congress declared May 6, 1982 as National Recognition Day of Nurses. supermarioworlds.com The ANA Board of Directors formally acknowledged the date, thus affirming that resolution. On May 25, 1982, almost 30 years after Dorothy Sutherland’s initial efforts to recognize nurses, President Ronald Regan signed the proclamation and National RN Recognition Day was born.
In 1993 the ANA Board of Directors designated the week of May 6th through May 12th as National Nurses Week starting the following year. The week now starts with National RN Recognition day on May 6th and ends with International Nurse Day on May 12th. To recognize those entering the profession, the ANA designated May 8th as National Student Nurse Day, and finally in 2003 the Wednesday of National Nurses Week was designated as National School Nurse Day.