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Celebrate National Nurses Week 2016

On May 6, 2016, National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is joining the American Nurses Association (ANA) in celebrating National Nurses Week.

This year's theme is: "Culture of Safety - It starts with YOU." The ANA wants to assist nurses in achieving a culture of safety in 2016 - no matter where they work or what role they hold. ANA is asking all nurses to consider how they can not only ensure the safety of their patients, but also their own safety. As part of the campaign, ANA is offering monthly educational opportunities, such as webinars, on specific topics about creating a culture of safety. 

Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, who comprise the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long term care facilities, to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.

NCSBN Learning Extension celebrates nursing

In celebration of Nurses Week, we will be offering a 10% discount on all Learning Extension courses from May 6 through May 12.

Take advantage of the special limited-time offer to advance your career today! Please note that the special offer does not apply to previous purchases.

The timing of Nurses Week

Did you ever wonder why Nurse's Week starts always ends on May 12?  It's because Florence Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820 in Florence, Italy.  Her contributions to nursing and nursing education, as well as the reform of hospitals, was a significant achievement - particularly for a woman born in the 19th century. Known as "The Lady with the Lamp", her work inspired both public support and royal recognition. 

In honor of the dedication, commitment, and tireless effort of the nearly 3.1 million registered nurses nationwide to promote and maintain the health of this nation, the ANA and NCSBN are proud to recognize registered nurses everywhere on this particular day for the quality work they provide seven days a week, 365 days a year. All registered nurses in America are encouraged to proudly wear the official ANA "RN" pin (or any other pin that clearly identifies them as registered nurses) and/or their nurses uniform on May 6.

Now it's your turn

How are you celebrating Nurses Week?

Do you think it's important for nurses to be members of a professional nursing association, like the ANA?

In the pinning ceremony at your school, do new graduates recite the Florence Nightingale Pledge?

Read more about National Nurses Week, the ANA, and register for the free webinar: Culturally Congruent Care: Why Diversity Makes a Difference