Each year, May 6 through 12, nurses nationwide band together, in person and in spirit, to celebrate their profession. National Nurses Week is a special week in which America’s nurses, their colleagues and their patients recognize the important contributions nurses make within their communities and beyond.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Christine Daly, RN, Clinic 5-1, decided three years ago to leave the Windy City and move south to North Carolina. When looking for a place to practice, Duke was at the top of her list.
“I have always wanted to be a nurse,” said Daly, whose mother was a nurse. “I love caring for patients. Here, at Duke, I get to care for patients both pre-operatively and post-op. I love caring for others.”
Daly’s supervisor, Frances Bryant, RN, has been a nurse at Duke since 1989. About a year ago, she teamed up with Duke Cancer Institute.
“Nursing is a great profession because every day we make a difference in someone’s life,” she said. “In turn, our patients make an impact on our lives. I come into work feeling blessed to be able to do what I do.”
Never is teamwork emphasized more than in the field of nursing. Nurses work not only with one another but also with physicians, therapists, technicians and others to facilitate healing and alleviate of suffering. They all share a common goal—the health and wellbeing of those for whom they care.
“It’s a privilege to be a part of this amazing team of nurses,” said Bryant. “I see their hard work. Our nurses are dedicated professionals, always striving to make things better for their patients. They're heroes.”
The white cap of yesteryear may be now just a symbolic icon, but the compassionate care it represents continues to this day to personify the nursing delivered today. To learn more about National Nurses Week, visit the American Nurses Association.
A Few Ways To Thank A Nurse
- Say thank you with a handwritten note to a nurse who's gone the extra mile—his or her efforts exemplifying the meaning of teamwork and dedication.
- Say thank you to your colleague, a nurse, with gift basket of food or goodies.
- Say thank you with a gift card for a little pampering or for a movie night with a friend.
- Say thank you with a colorful bouquet—because nothing says thank you like flowers.