National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week

This past year the COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted our world as we know it, especially the healthcare community. While nurses, physicians, and healthcare workers around the world continue to act selflessly to save the lives of others, our nation’s nurses’ bravery and dedication remains at the forefront and does not go unnoticed.

Beginning in 1993, National Nurses Week was established as a permanent time to support and celebrate the nursing profession and the contributions they make to their communities. But before 1993 – National Nurse Week was observed once in 1954, during the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea.

Florence Nightingale, who many refer to as the founder of modern nursing, was born on May 12, 1820, and spent most of her adult life as a nurse and healthcare leader during the Crimean War. According to History.com, Nightingale’s work during the Crimean War reduced the hospital’s death rate by two-thirds, vastly improved the sanitary conditions of the hospital, and paved a path for quality care in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Team Select is proud to acknowledge Nightingale as the pioneer of modern nursing and celebrates our current nurses as pioneers of their own, who have a commendable commitment to helping others.

“I love absolutely everything about my job. I love being able to go into the home and provide patient care. I’m a very compassionate and empathic person so I love being able to connect not only with my patients, but also with their families.” – Team Select RN Nikki

To celebrate nurses also means to acknowledge the tribulations these individuals and the nursing industry work to conquer daily.

For years, the nursing shortage has been a topic of conversation not only among healthcare leaders and employers, but families who have medically fragile children or loved ones. Since its inception in 2008, Team Select has been aware of this nationwide problem and actively works to provide meaningful solutions.

Currently in Arizona and Colorado, Team Select created the Family CNA Program to help solve the disparity many families face as a repercussion of the nursing shortage. Families of medically fragile children and their loved ones often experience hardships like extended hospital stays from lack of available home health caregivers and financial hardships due to a recent job loss. The nursing shortage doesn’t just harm the healthcare industry – but the individuals, families, and communities who rely on receiving quality care.

With this program, a family member of a medically fragile loved one can become a Certified Nursing Assistant at no cost to them. Read more about the Family CNA Program.

Join us in posting a picture of how you are supporting nurses as HEALTHCARE HEROES during this year’s National Nurses Week using #NationalNursesWeek. Follow along with us on social media at #TeamSelect to see how we will be recognizing our #TeamSelectFamily!