Today is the beginning of National Nurses Week, which is celebrated annually from May 6-12. This recognition week honors nurses and their contributions to health care and society.
Here are some quick facts about nursing:
- Florence Nightingale is considered the founder of modern nursing. This amazing woman (born in Italy, raised in England) was not only a nurse, she was also a writer, statistician, reformer and a humanitarian. She used statistical data to help improve sanitary conditions in hospitals in order to reduce mortality.
- Nursing is the largest health care profession in the United States, with 3.1 million licensed RNs and 2.6 million of them actively employed, according to a survey by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.
- For the 11th year in a row, nursing is considered by Americans as the most trusted profession. Last year’s Gallup poll found that nurses’ trustworthiness was rated “high” or “very high” by 81 percent of poll respondents, according to the American Nurses Association.
So what else do we know about the nursing profession? Check out this cool infographic: