When you think about the last time you were sick or you visited your primary care physician, or went to the hospital, who did you see first? A caring and compassionate nurse is what you probably saw before the doctor. 

Nurses are at the core of all of the healthcare system. They don’t just take care of our physical health but they are there to listen and often even offer just a smile. They practice values of caring, compassion, community, and courage. And that’s why National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6 through May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.   

Not only was she known as the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale also was known as the “Lady with the Lamp” by the general public, Florence Nightingale, once said, “How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.”  This refers to the fact that many nurses are fearless. They don’t do what they do out of necessity or seeking recognition.  Many nurses serve because it is their true calling.  

This week, take a moment to say thank you to a nurse. Whether it’s someone who took care of you in a time of need, or a friend or family member who has chosen to respond to the calling, we hope you’ll find a way to let him or her know how much they are appreciated. 

To all the nurses out there, whether you are delivering a newborn, working in an operating room, working in a family doctor’s office, or anywhere in between, I wish you a most sincere thanks for what you do and the sacrifice you make to take care of all of the people in the world today in mind, body and spirit. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!