National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday.
Inspired by what she took as a call from God, Nightingale announced her decision to enter nursing in 1844, much to the distress of her affluent English family. She is most famous for her work during the Crimean War, when she managed to have herself and her staff of 38 female volunteer nurses sent to Turkey after hearing about horrific conditions for the wounded British soldiers there.
During her first winter at Scutari hospital in Istanbul over 4000 soldiers died. At that time, ten times more patients died from illnesses such as typhus, typhoid, cholera, and dysentery than from battle wounds.
Florence Nightingale's lasting legacy was her role in founding the modern nursing profession. She set an example of compassion, commitment to patient care, and diligent and thoughtful hospital administration.
2010 - the centennial of Nightingale's death - is The International Year of the Nurse.
Soldiers' Angels salutes our Nurses' continued commitment to the professional and loving care they provide to our Nation's heroes. THANK YOU and God bless you all.