National Nurses Day is observed annually on May 6. What a time to celebrate them as they face uncertainty in health care facilities due to the fight against coronavirus.

On this day, we raise awareness of all noble nursing contributions and commitments and acknowledge the vital role nurses play in the health of society. This day is also the first day of National Nurses Week, celebrated May 6-12. May 12 is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, considered the founder of modern nursing. She was known as The Lady with the Lamp because of her habit of making rounds at night during the Crimean War.

In 1974, President Nixon proclaimed a National Nurse Week. In 1982, the United States Congress designated May 6th to be National Recognition Day for Nurses and President Ronald Reagan signed the proposal. This year’s theme for National Nurses Week is Nurses: A Voice to Lead.

It’s easy to celebrate their dedication and commitment to patients for #NationalNursesDay: when you visit the doctor or a medical office, follow the instructions they give you, especially for follow up care. Ask questions, so they know when you need more information.

Above all, give nurses you know a shout out — or much more, whatever you can think of — and thank them for their hard work, especially during these challenging times.