National Nurses Week 2019
May 6, 2019
National Nurses Week begins annually May 6 and runs through May 12 to honor health professionals. The celebration is marked to recognize the birthday of Florence Nightingale, widely considered the founder of professional nursing.
The first National Nurses Week was celebrated in 1954, which was the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s famous mission to the Crimea. However it became nationally recognized only after President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation that May 6 would henceforth be National Nurses Day.