Nurses Day is on May 12 every year. The day we celebrate Florence Nightingale’s birthday throughout our profession.
Nurses Day is about so much more than cursory celebrations. The occasion is about the essence of altruism, service, and respect for the poor in body and spirit. We are celebrating the charity of love, kindness, and generosity that has coursed through our vocation for centuries. On Nurses Day, we are also celebrating our nursing heritage.
We are lauding the men and women who laid the foundations for the hospitals, institutions, and missions across our country and around the world. Presently, as we strive to promote social justice, fiscal responsibility, and health care excellence, it is those men and women whose shoulders we stand on.
On Nurses Day, we are celebrating the spirit of commitment, compassion and excellence that is ubiquitous throughout our profession. We are celebrating each other, our heritage, and our beloved profession.
Let’s take this day as an opportunity to refocus on which is central to our professional success-a healthy body, mind, and spirit. The Bible provides truths that are central to this form of pure health.
…“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” – Philippians 2:1-2
Celebrate the true beauty of our profession this Nurses Day 2014!
With the warmest regard,
Suzie Farthing, RN