National Nurses Week is observed annually on May 6-12. During this week, Operation Scrubs® provides special innovation continuing nurse education, raises awareness of all nurse contributions and commitments, and publicly promotes the vital role nurses play in society. 
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® annual contribution to National Nurses Week and International Nurses Day includes a variety of innovative/aboard-ship continuing nurse education symposium courses for registered nurses from Joint Commission-certified hospitals. 
    There is no symposium attendance or course tuition fee. Nurse invitations are available to all 50 states, D.C. and 4 U.S. Territories.  Attending and webcast-registering nurses receive advanced-level training along with accredited continuing nurse education units. 
    Daily symposiums end with a sunset harbor cruise reception, buffet dinner, entertainment and sponsor-provided swag gifts.
    The annual event day (May 12th) which also includes a special NightinGala   celebration honoring event attendees, scholarship recipients, webcast viewers, nurses everywhere, and to celebrate Florence Nightingale's and THE NURSES WALL's annual birthday anniversaries.
    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.” President Reagan signed the proposal. 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.”
"Save 1 life, you're a Hero; Save 100 lives and you're a Nurse!" - Author Unknown
I AM A NURSE! - YouTube/Memorial Hermann
"Saying 'thank you' to nurses on THE NURSES WALL is free and takes only a few minutes time.  To nurses, however, the perceived value of these message postings is PRICELESS!
  -- Pamela Jane Nye