The initiative for an official nurse day was first proposed in 1953 when Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower. Twenty years later President Nixon organized a week in February of 1974 at the White House to recognize the nursing profession. In 1978 the governor of New Jersey, Brendon Byrne, took it upon himself to declared May 6th as National Nurses Day, and in 1981 ANA and other nursing organizations rallied to make it official!
Around that time, the International Nurse Council proclaimed International Nurses Day on May 12th, during the birthday of the most famous nurse in history, Florence Nightingale. A few years later the ANA decided that the profession warranted an entire week of celebration and book ended the two Nurses Days for a full week of celebrations. Viola! National Nurses Week was born.
It started with a proposal for one day of celebrations but evolved to a whole week. We at CipherHealth believe that nurses should be celebrated everyday, so we work around the clock to create solutions to help make your incredible job easier. Thank you for all that you do and very happy National Nurses Week from our team to yours!