Each year, National Nurses Week encourages nurses, other health care professionals, employers, community leaders and the public to recognize and promote the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s nurses.
National Nurses Week begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale was a British nurse, social reformer and statistician who is considered to be the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale’s impact on health professions is vast. She developed modern hospital architecture, organization, records and infection control; advanced military healthcare for soldiers and veterans; as well as furthered hospital epidemiology, infographics and evidence-based care.
We are all indebted to nurses for their unwavering commitment to patients, their communities, and our health care system. That’s why this May 6-12, we are celebrating Nurses Week with the theme,“You Make A Difference.” Celebrating, honoring and supporting nurses during Nurses Week provides an opportunity to promote the value of nursing and advocate for the profession.
In honor of the outstanding nurses in our community, the May 14 edition of the San Antonio Express-News recognized two nurses from UT Health San Antonio’s School of Nursing in its Salute to Nurses section. Karen Schwab, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS, associate professor/clinical, was recognized in the category of Nurse Administrator, and Heidi Benavides, MSN, RN, CMSRN, assistant professor/clinical, was recognized in the Registered Nurse category.
Celebrate with UT Health San Antonio’s School of Nursing this year by thanking a nurse in your life and sharing our posts on Facebook. In addition, make sure to check out School of Nursing faculty’s unique stories on YouTube .
To watch inspirational messages during National Nurses Week, click here.
To learn more about Florence Nightingale, visit our website.