Each year, there are a variety of days, weeks, and months set aside to honor and celebrate those who have chosen nursing as their profession. We would like to raise awareness of a few of those special holidays coming up so that you can join us in thanking nurses for their courage, dedication, and commitment.
Since 2008, organizations around the world have set aside this day to recognize nurses who have earned and maintain the highest credentials in their field. This date was chosen in honor of the birthday of Dr. Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles, RN, EdD, FAAN who was a leader in nursing certification.
Later in the year, we celebrate National Nurses Week and National Nurses Day. Did you know that the first National Nurses Week was observed in October 1954? This week honored the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea and her contributions to sanitation practices and modern nursing.
President Regan later declared that May 6th would be National Nurses Day in 1982. In 1990, the American Nurses Association designated National Nurses Week would be May 6th through May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
At the start of last year, the World Health Organization designated that 2020 would be the “International Year of the Nurse and Nurse Midwife” in honor of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday. Who knew the impact nurses were about to have in the months to come as a pandemic spread across the world?
In North Dakota, nurses found safe ways to celebrate National Nurses Week in 2020. “Every year we hold a big potluck, and this year it was a little different,” said Amber Nelson, Tioga Medical Center’s director of nursing.
“We still did it, because nurses love potlucks, but we kept people six feet apart. People got their food one at a time, everyone sanitized themselves before they went in the room, and everyone wore masks and took their food back to their own area so we stayed consistent with social distancing. The management team also put together little gifts for all of the nurses.”¹
The Massachusetts Nurses Association launched a video PSA campaign last year thanking the public for their support and urging everyone to continue social distancing during the public health crisis. “While nurses and healthcare professionals have been battling COVID-19 in hospitals and healthcare facilities across Massachusetts, countless individuals have given their all to defeating this pandemic in many other ways,” said RN and MNA President Donna Kelly-Williams.
“During this National Nurses Week, we thank everyone who is doing their part and ask for continued help so we can provide every patient the level of care they deserve.”²
To honor these brave men and women, InTown Suites would like to take this opportunity to thank nurses for their amazing work and dedication to the health and safety of their patients. To traveling nurses, we are grateful for the “extra mile” that you go to meet the needs of patients and provide excellent patient care.
To say thank you for the amazing work that nurses do to aid in the well-being of their patients, InTown Suites would like to offer a hotel discount for nurses and other healthcare professionals. We will provide 10% off your stay at any of our InTown Suites locations. Simply fill out the form below, and the discount code will automatically be sent to your inbox.
Many traveling nurses chose our extended stay hotel when on assignment in another city for our close proximity to medical centers. Our apartment-like suites provide nurses with a home away from away while traveling. InTown Suites has fully furnished efficiencies with in-room kitchens equipped with a two-burner stovetop, microwave, and full-size refrigerator.
Our suites also have a dining area, high-speed internet access, guest laundry facilities, and HDTVs with premium channels including SHOWTIME. Our 188 locations across 22 states make for convenient accommodations no matter where you may travel for work.