National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th. This year, as part of the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”, the American Nurses Association has expanded the event to a month-long celebration.
History of Nurses Week
The first (unofficial) Nurses Week was celebrated in 1954, the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. Though a bill to make the holiday official was introduced to Congress that year, no action was taken.
It wasn’t until 20 years later, in 1974, that the White House, under President Richard Nixon, designated a National Nurse Week. Our own state of New Jersey declared May 6 Nurses Day just four years later.
Decades later, the ANA Board of Directors expanded the recognition of nurses to a week-long celebration, declaring May 6 – 12, 1991, as National Nurses Week. That tradition continues to this day.
Nurses Month 2020
This year, National Nurses Week has been expanded to fill an entire month. According to the AANA, the month consists of four different themes, celebrated by week:
Week 1: Self Care
May 1-9, 2020
Start the month with mindful self-recognition. Focus on yours and others’ emotional and physical well-being by encouraging and challenging yourself, colleagues and friends to engage in healthier activities.
Week 2: Recognition
May 10-16, 2020
Raise visibility of the critical work nurses do and foster greater understanding of the diversity of the nursing profession by honoring exemplary nurses and engaging with your community.
Week 3: Professional Development
May 17-23, 2020
Focus on how you can excel and lead in your nursing career or inspire and help others in their professional nursing journey.
Week 4: Community Engagement
May 24-31, 2020
Help promote nurses’ invaluable contributions by engaging with your community, educating them on what nurses do, and encouraging future nurses.
Recognizing ComForCare’s Registered Nurses
At ComForCare, we like to recognize our hardworking RNs every day. They initiate every client relationship through assessments, in-depth medical reviews, and care plan development. Whatever a client’s needs, our nurses make sure they are met. Along with our brilliant home health aides, they form the backbone of our organization.
Here are some of the other duties our RNs handle daily:
ComForCare’s skilled nurses are specially trained to provide wound care services, whether basic or complex. Wound assessments, dressing changes, wound irrigation and negative pressure wound therapy can all be provided by the skilled nurse in conjunction with your physician’s orders for wound treatment.
Intravenous (IV) Infusions
Intravenous (IV) infusions are provided by a registered nurse (RN) who comes to your home to assist with administration of an IV medication. The RN can also assist with teaching you or your loved one on how to self-administer various IV infusion medications. Common IV medications include intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG), subcutaneous immunoglobulins (SCIG), antibiotics, biologics, total parenteral nutrition (TPN) and hydration therapy.
ComForCare’s skilled nurses can help you or your loved one to care for a tracheostomy. Daily cleaning and suctioning coupled with specialized training in emergency tracheostomy care will help reduce infections and ensure that you or your loved one are safe at all times.
Feeding Tube Management
Whether it’s a gastrostomy, jejunostomy or nasogastric (NG) feeding tube, our skilled nurses come highly trained in not only the daily maintenance of your feeding tube but also the administration of various medications, fluids and supplemental nutrition through your feeding tube
Home Ventilator Management
ComForCare provides constant oversight while you or your loved one are on a ventilator. Our skilled nurses will manage ventilator alarms such as high pressure and low-pressure alarms and will help you to manage all of the equipment that sometimes comes along with home ventilator care. Our skilled nurses work collaboratively with you, your physician, and your durable medical equipment (DME) company that is providing the equipment to your home.
Our RNs build real relationships with clients – not because they have to, but because they want to. We’d like to recognize them for their time, dedication, expertise, and, most of all, their kindness and empathy – not just today, but every day.