Join us! Birdsong is Celebrating National Nurse’s Week: May 6-12!
Did you know that May is all about celebrating nurses? The first week of May is dedicated to all nurses, but May 6th (the first Thursday of Nurses Week) is National School Nurse Day, May 8th honors student nurses on National Student Nurses Day, and May 12th is International Nurses Day.
In today’s society, more than any other time in the past 100 years (when the polio epidemic was raging), we’re asking nurses to sacrifice themselves and their families by putting their lives on the line in service of patients suffering from COVID-19. Whether they work in hospitals or senior living communities or serve as private duty nurses, this unique moment in history has seen them struggle with significant challenges to their family life, health and well-being. Their professionalism, compassion, concern and constant care should make all of us aware that one week just isn’t enough time to acknowledge and celebrate this group of professional and selfless carers.
The Nightingale Pledge: 1935
Nurses demonstrate incredible commitment to their careers. But, did you know that nurses take an oath in the service of their profession? They do. And the oath demands the highest level of professional service and conduct:
“I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping, and all family
affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and as a 'missioner of health' I will dedicate myself to devoted service to human welfare.”
Lystra Eggert Gretter
Public Health Advocate and Reformer
At Birdsong, we celebrate the nurses who so expertly care for those in need and who work tirelessly to improve health conditions wherever they serve and who never give up. This week, we invite you to join us in celebrating nurses. If you know a nurse, please take time to thank them for all they do for their patients everywhere. On behalf of citizens, families and patients everywhere, we truly couldn’t do it without them.
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