Nurses play the most critical role in any individual’s healthcare experience. The nursing profession has been dedicated to providing quality, effective nursing care, both behavioral and physical, since the American Nurses Association’s official beginnings in 1896. Nurses Week starts each year on May 6 and always ends on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12. The American Nursing Association supports the national observance of Nurses Week and each state association’s unique celebration of Nurses Week.
In particular, behavioral health nurses work tirelessly to advocate on behalf of their patients and serve as representatives for patients and medical personnel especially when a patient experiences a behavioral health crisis. Behavioral health nurses serve on the front lines in acute care hospitals or in inpatient psychiatric hospitals, as well as provide support in substance abuse treatment settings. These nurses specifically offer skilled psychological services when families and loved ones need it most: when patients are in crisis. Nurses contribute more to their patients’ lives than they can ever receive in return.
Join in the celebration of those who do the most to care for patients and their families. Click here for more information on The American Nursing Association’s Nurses Week, and to find out more about how you can show your appreciation to the nurses who do so much to help patients and their loved ones. Remember Nurses Week this May 6-12 and join with others in recognition of the nurses in your community.