May 6, 2020, is a special day for two reasons. First, it is the official start of National Nurses Week and it is also National Nurses Day. It is a time when people honor and recognize the great work that nurses do and makes up part of National Nurses Month that is held every May. Nurses week being on May 6 and runs until May 12 which is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This year, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation on National Nurses Day in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. More than ever, nurses are on the front lines as they are risking their lives to care for those who are facing the deadly Covid-19 virus. Not only do nurses need support now more than ever, but they need to take care of themselves so they can continue to care for others.
President Trump stated the following in his proclamation.
“Every day, nurses provide quality, compassionate, and critical care to patients during both routine medical visits and in times of great vulnerability, fear, and uncertainty. Over the past weeks and months, as our nurses have worked heroically on the frontlines of the coronavirus response, their contributions to the health and well-being of our citizenry have been exponentially magnified. On National Nurses Day, we honor and celebrate the extraordinary men and women who devote themselves to this vital and noble profession.
Nursing is not merely a vocation; it is a special calling to serve others selflessly, particularly in times when help is needed most. Throughout our Nation’s history, in times of war, natural disaster, medical emergencies, and both epidemics and pandemics, nurses have rushed in — undaunted by danger, personal sacrifice, and discomfort to provide hope, help, and healing to people in need.”
President Trump continued by encouraging everyone to honor nurses today. He concluded the proclamation with the following remarks.
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2020, as National Nurses Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
Many people shared their thanks to nurses on social media and used the hashtag #ThankYouNurses.
You may see President Donald Trump’s proclamation declaring May 6, 2020, National Nurses Day below.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 6, 2020
Additionally, Vice President Mike Pence shared a message of gratitude to U.S. nurses on Wednesday. He shared a video and stated the following including the hashtag #NationalNursesDay.
“On behalf of a grateful Nation, thank you to the over 3 million nurses around the Country who work tirelessly day in and day out to care for the American people. You are truly heroes and an inspiration to us all! #NationalNursesDay.”
Did you show gratitude to a nurse today?
Charisse Van Horn is a freelance writer from Tampa Bay. She enjoys writing about celebrities, entertainment, and fashion. Any reproduction of this article outside of Celebrity Insider will be met with legal action by the writer.