Saturday, May 5, 2012

Saturday Link List - in celebration of nurses

Do you know any nurses?  Well, if you do, get ready to pamper them this coming week.  Nurses Day, celebrated in the U.S. on May 6th, is traced back to 1953 and Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.  She sent a proposal to President Eisenhower to proclaim a "Nurse Day" in October for that year.  A day was set aside the following year, but the proclamation was never made.

Where did Florence Nightingale get her name?  
From Florence, Italy of course!

 It wasn't until January 1974 that the International Council of Nurses (ICN) proclaimed May 12th as "International Nurse Day" (the day was chosen to commenorate Florence Nightingale's birthday).  

In 1982, the American Nurses Association Board of Directors formally acknowledged May 6th as "National Nurses Day" in the United States.  (It was only then that) the U.S. Congress affirmed a joint resolution designating the day as "National Recognition Day for Nurses."  Visit the American Nurses Association's website at where they talk about careers, workplace safety and membership benefits. 

you can download this wallpaper for your computer to honor s nurse.
If you're a nurse in school, May 8th is your day.  The Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma Theta Tau International) was founded by six nurses in 1922 at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses (they later became incorporated in 1985).  The organizational mission is "to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide."  That's nice!  Here's their website

For those living in the United Kingdom or planning a trip there anytime soon, don't miss the Florence Nightingale Museum, located in London.  The museum follows Florence's life as a nurse, and looks at the history of nursing.  There is a beautiful statue of Florence Nightingale at Waterloo Place (London).  

Another statute can be found outside the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary Hospital, where the Nightingale family settled on their return to England (from Italy).  On May 12th, a procession of nurses with be led by women in period dress.  It begins at St. Peter's Church in St. Peter's Churchyard, Derby.  You can see the stained glass window there, featuring an image of Florence, which was moved from the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary chapel following its closure.  The parade concludes at the Derby Cathedral.  There will also be an exhibition in the Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, in Holloway, near Matlock on the same day.      

Looking for a handmade gift for your special nurse.  Here are a few ideas:

Judy from ImGlassyEyed
Jamie from PaisleyMaizie


Rose said...

You come up with the best link list themes! This is yet another great one. I love the mix of resources here.

BeadedTail said...

Very interesting! My cousin is a nurse but I didn't know there was a nurses day. Why isn't there a CPA day? :)

Splendid Little Stars said...

What a great link list! very inspiring!

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