Thank a Nurse

Nurses Week LogoNational Nurse’s Week begins today, May 6th, and runs through May 12, which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

This week thank the nurses around you for all they do to comfort and heal.

This year the American Nurses Association has selected Nurses: Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow as the theme for National Nurse’s Week.

So many thanks to those men and women who hook up our chemo pumps, rub our backs after surgery, help us with diarrhea and fatigue, sit with our families during hospice care, tell us “just a little pinch” . . . and so many other things that help us have an easier cancer journey.

And thank you, Florence Nightingale, for making nursing a respected and valued profession.Florence Nightingale with her lamp

Written in 1893 in her honor, this is the Florence Nightingale Pledge:

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 devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.

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