2nd Annual Nurse Symposium & Celebration
​National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2020  
 FantaSea One Yacht * Dock 52
13552 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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NATIONAL NURSES DAY/WEEK:  National Nurses Day is observed annually on May 6. On this day, we raise awareness of all nurse contributions and commitments and acknowledge the vital role nurses play in society. This day is also the first day of National Nurses Week.
HISTORY: It was in 1953 when an employee at the United States Department of Health, Dorothy Sutherland, sent a letter to President Eisenhower proposing a National Nurses Day. The official proclamation was not made. The following year people began celebrating National Nurses Week on their own. In 1974, President Nixon proclaimed a “National Nurse Week.” In 1981, a resolution was initiated by nurses in New Mexico to have May 6th declared “National Recognition Day for Nurses.” 
OPERATION SCRUBS' contribution to National Nurses Week begins with annually providing an innovative/aboard-ship symposium forum for Stroke, Med/Surg and Pediatric nurses from Joint Commission certified hospitals from all 50 states and U.S. Territories. Here, these nurses receive advanced advanced-level training along with their license-required continuing education credits. It's also an opportunity to attract media and public attention to recognize nurses as the "unsung heroes of healthcare," and to promote Operation Scrubs' year-round "See a Nurse? Thank a Nurse!" Challenge. Other planned support activities include celebrations honoring "Unsung Hero" and rising-star "Innovator" nurses. The week ends on May 12th with a Florence NightinGala recognizing the Daisy Awards program and Daisy Award recipients.
National Nurses Week begins May 6 and ends on May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 – August 13, 1910). Florence Nightingale was a celebrated English, social reformer, statistician and the founder of modern nursing. She became well-known while taking care of the wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. Nightingale was dubbed “The Lady with the Lamp” because of her habit of making rounds at night.
In 1982, the United States Congress designated May 6th to be “National Recognition Day for Nurses.” The proposal was signed by President Reagan. It was later expanded by the ANA Board of Directors in 1990 to a week-long celebration (May 6-12) known today as “National Nurses Week.”
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