Day Today- May 6th, National Nurses Day

At the end of the 19th century, “The Lady With the Lamp”— or as she is more widely known, Florence Nightingale — founded modern nursing. Thanks to her strict use of hand-washing and hygiene practices while caring for wounded soldiers in the Crimean War, Nightingale and her helpers reduced the death rate from 42% to 2% — ushering in nursing as we know it today. On May 6, we recognize the important role nurses play in our lives by celebrating National Nurses Day.

How to celebrate School Nurse Day

Show them that you appreciate their giving them a thank you card. Support your school nurses by advocating for better pay, better working conditions, and more presence in the school system.

Give them gifts such as stuffed animals, jewelry, or any personal gift you can think of. Give them some extra money to help with school health supplies.

Teach people about nursing, how school nurses came to be, and help inspire people to become school nurses through seminars and pamphlets. Share with your friends and family about this holiday and tell them about why school nurses are important to everyday life.

Your children could brighten the school nurse’s day by giving them a ‘thank you’ card. Something as simple as a verbal show of gratitude, shaking their hand or giving them a hug, will show the nurse she or he is well-loved by those in their care. A classroom surprise party would be fantastic! You and all the other parents should get together and work with the teachers and leadership of your school, to throw a 1-hour party for the school nurses where your children go to learn. Everyone can chip in to buy them a little something so they will remember this day forever.

Here’s a thought, how about organizing a day for the school nurse to teach the children basic first aid techniques? Your children will better understand how to take care of themselves and their friends while experiencing how tough the school nurse’s job really is.

Working with a school, your children can see what it’s like to follow the School Nurse throughout the day. The world needs more nurses. School Nurse Day could be a life-changing moment for your child to see firsthand how healing and treatments work. Your son or daughter might grow up to be a nurse one day, because of that one day, they helped the school nurse to treat sick and hurting pupils and take care of their health and well-being.


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