The Nurses Week

This weeks is very special to our school, Gurnick Academy, as well as to many hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and other institutions that can not operate without the help of these very special people: nurses.

Many may not know that the week of May 6 through May 12 is celebrated as the National Nurses Week, named so in honor of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, to remember her birthday of May 12, 1820.

"The Lady with the Lamp" is how she was remembered for tending to wounded soldiers at night time during Crimean War. This English lady was the founder of the first nursing school at Saint Thomas's Hospital in London in 1860. She was also a writer and a statistician, but she became most known for the famous "Nightingale Pledge" all our LVN students take on their graduation day.

Florence Nightingale was born into a very wealthy upper class British family, and was named after the city, where she was born. She showed high intelligence early in age. Learning came easy to her as she excelled in mathematics and sciences. Florence got her calling when she was 24 years old, and in spite of her parents distress over her decision, she refused to become a wife and a mother, and decided to devote her life completely to helping others. She began her work taking care of the sick, and later became a superintendant of the Institute for the Care of Sick Gentlewomen. However, the most prominent contribution Florence Nightingale made during the war in Crimea, where she helped fight malnutrition, poor supplies and exhaustion that caused high death rates among wounded soldiers. Her legacy is what our LVN student inherit today, when they take that oath, written by Florence Nightingale so many years ago.

Lighting that candle, with the reflection of the flames on their cheeks, excited with anticipation of their future, these future LVN nurses repeat their Pledge after their respected nurse instructor. And everyone's heart stops for a second as they catch their breath in this spiritual and magical moment. This is the moment to be remembered forever and carried throughout their lives, professional and personal, because no matter where they go, a nurse never stops being a nurse.

Taking care of those around, devoting their lives to serving other people, changing and saving lives, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, that is what our future LVN nurses will do. This is what our LVN students are learning today: to become caring, compassionate people, knowledgeable and skilled to help those in need.

This week we are celebrating not only the founder of modern nursing, but all the nurses of our nation. Young and old, men and women, tall and small, they are all important. We put our lives in their hands, we trust them with our future, and they don't let us down. They give themselves generously and selflessly without expecting anything in return. They are our day-to-day heroes.This is to all our nurses, our heroes: Thank you!

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