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Did Anyone Notice National Nurses Week?

Posted May 12 2009 5:47pm

I get pumped up over National Nurses’ Week. No one is sending me gifts, treating me to a spa day or honoring me at a special dinner but I like that there are nurses who are being recognized with these gestures. I also like that there is a focus on and publicity for the nursing profession—not nearly enough, mind you, but more than usual. I hope a lot of people noticed.

I was pleasantly surprised to find an eight-page pullout section devoted to nursing in the Denver Post last week. All 15 of Colorado’s candidates for the 2009 Florence Nightingale Award were pictured and briefly profiled. Other articles in the section addressed the dilemma of too few nursing school instructors and clinical sites, that the recession has affected job availability for nurses but nurses will be in high demand as the economy stabilizes, and that bilingual skills increase a nurse’s employability in a soft economy.

Even Wall Street got in on the act, as Dorrie Fontaine, Dean of the University of Virginia Nursing School, was invited to ring the Closing Bell at NASDAQ, marking the close of trading on the final day of National Nurses’ Week.

Fontaine commented that the opportunity to bring attention to nursing and “the wonderful work we do at the University of Virginia,” is one of the biggest thrills in her 30-year nursing career.

In addition to spotlighting a nurse ringing the closing bell, NASDAQ also played a video celebrating nursing at its market site tower in Times Square on the world’s largest stationary video screen.

Kudos to NASDAQ and to the Denver Post!

Did you receive special gifts or were you treated to anything out of the ordinary? Were nurses in your area publicized in any way? Please share your National Nurses’ Week stories here.

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