At the end of the 19th century, “The Lady With the Lamp”— Florence Nightingale — founded modern nursing. Thanks to her strict use of hand-washing and hygiene practices while caring for wounded soldiers in the Crimean War, Nightingale and her helpers reduced the death rate from 42% to 2% — ushering in nursing as we know it today. On May 6, we recognize the important role nurses play in our lives by celebrating National Nurses Day.
At this very moment, the world is watching in awe as nurses are in the spotlight on the front lines of an epidemic that poses more questions than there are answers. Nurses are answering the call to care for COVID-19 positive patients, often in spite of a dangerous scarcity of essential personal protective equipment. Today, nurses are battling many unknowns, seeing an unprecedented volume of patients, and risking exposure for themselves and their families.
Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers! If you are able, reach out to tell them how truly we appreciate the sacrifices they are making to keep us safe and healthy!