Celebrate National Nurses Week With Mulberry Health

May 6-12 is National Nurses Week. Click below to check out a special video message from our Director of Nursing, Heidi Wallar.


The event stretches all the way back to 1953 when Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the United States Department of Health, sent a proposal to President Eisenhower, asking him to proclaim a "Nurse Day" in October of 1954 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's mission to Crimea.

Sadly, President Eisenhower did not approve the request.

Several more attempts to designate an official day of recognition for nurses were made, but it took until 1974 for President Nixon to designate a White House-approved National Nurse Week in February of that year.

Later, the American Nurses Association (ANA) got involved.

In February of 1982, the ANA Board of Directors formally acknowledged May 6, 1982 as "National Nurses Day." The action affirmed a joint resolution of the United States Congress designating May 6 as "National Recognition Day for Nurses," which was officially proclaimed by President Ronal Regan later in the year.

The ANA Board of Directors then expanded the recognition of nurses to a week-long celebration in 1991, declaring May 6-12 as National Nurses Week -- the week we celebrate today.