May 6th, which is the National Nurses Day, marks the start of the National Nurses Week 2021 but what is this year’s theme? Quotes and history explored.

From Thursday (May 6th) starts the National Nurses Week, a week to observe and spread awareness about the work of nurses around the world.

The week is marked from May 6th-12th this year, a tradition which started after the 1950s to recognise the important role nurses play in the medical field.

Here is the 2021 theme explored, as well as quotes and history of the National Nurses Week.

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National Nurses Week 2021: Theme

The theme for National Nurses Week 2021 is “Frontline Warriors”, LMH Health has reported. Nurses and other medical workers continue to work on the frontline of the pandemic, providing support to millions of patients.

Maleah Lockard, who serves as a charge nurse in the Emergency Department at LMH Health, explained:

“Each day was filled with unknowns. Like everyone else, we had no idea what we were in for. We took educated guesses and made quick adjustments when it came to new protocols and PPE.

“I always strive to be the positive reinforcement of change. It didn’t matter if I agreed with the change or even if I didn’t quite understand why the change was made. I knew no matter what I had to enforce these changes and make it a smooth transition for my department. This pace was something I had to adapt to and in the end, it made me a better leader today than I was this time last year.”

National Nurses Week: History

National Nurses Day, which is today (May 6th) is the first date of the week-long observation.

The annual tradition ends with the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale (May 12th, 1820 – August 13, 1910).

Nightingale was an English social reformer, statistician and the founder of modern nursing. She trained other nurses during the Crimean War and organised a care unit for wounded soldiers at Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey).

National Nurses Week 2021: Quotes

Here are some quotes to celebrate the nurses in the medical field and spread awareness about their incredible work.

  • “The definition of a nurse: To go above and beyond the call of duty. The first to work and the last to leave. The heart and soul of caring. who will pass through your life for a minute and impact it for an eternity. An empowered individual whom you may meet for only a 12-hour period, but who will put you and yours above theirs.” – Unknown.
  • “As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may not remember your name but they will never forget the way you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet.” – Donna Wilk Cardillo
  • “When a person decides to become a nurse, they make the most important decision of their lives. They choose to dedicate themselves to the care of others.” – Margaret Harvey

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