It's National Nurses Week—how is your hospital celebrating?

Week recognizes the nation's 3.1 million RNs

This week, hospitals and health organizations are celebrating National Nurses Week, which recognizes the work of the country's 3.1 million RNs.

The American Nursing Association's (ANA) theme for this year's week—which ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday—is Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring.

Recognizing nurses' particular contributions to immunization rates, Assistant Surgeon General Anne Schuchat in a statement said ANA's theme "exemplifies the contributions nurses make to protect public health through immunizations."

A wave of celebrations and nurse-focused activities are underway. The Mississippi Nurses Association is sending email blasts to the 44,000 nurses located across its state. Nurse House Inc. is commemorating Nurses Week with a campaign to raise funds for nurses in need. At Swedish Medical Center in Ballard, Wash., nursing leaders are spending breakfasts and lunch with nursing staff and visiting individual nurses on rounds.

What is your organization doing to celebrate National Nurses Week? 

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