“Nurses dispense comfort, compassion and caring without even a prescription.” -Val Saintsbury
In 1982, President Ronald Reagan signed a proposal officially designating May 6 as “National Recognition Day for Nurses,” and in 1990, the American Nurses Association (ANA) expanded the holiday from a day to a week. National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, which coincides with the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who is widely considered the founder of modern nursing.
Many people don’t realize what a nurse does on a day-to-day basis. While the common conception is that nurses are people dressed in brightly colored scrubs racing around the hospital, in reality they are vital to the outcome of your health. Below is a list of the “normal” daily activities for a nurse:
Being organized is key. RN’s keep records, administer medication, consult with other healthcare providers, monitor patients and communicate with the patient and their loved ones. In order to stay on top of all this plus medications, vitals, and real-time health status nurses must be well organized.
Constantly learning. Nurses must stay up to date with new medical technologies. Knowing how to use all the leading edge tools constantly implemented in the medical field helps nurses provide the best care to patients and families. In addition, nurses must keep up with the newest therapies and medicines through trainings and classes which are monitored by their licensing board.
Master the art of listening. A nurse sees patients the most during their 12-hour shirts, so they have to master the art of listening, critical thinking, social perceptiveness and decision making. Nurses are well versed in learning nonverbal cues and when patients are holding back on communication, and must infer clues from their surroundings and a multitude of patient data to properly treat illness.
We invite you to join us in acknowledging nurses and student nurses for their choice to commit their lives to our health. Nurses are not only caretakers, they are educators, health care providers and friends.
To learn more about the nursing program at Broward College visit broward.edu/nursing.