Congratulations to all those who are nurses. In respect to Florence Nightingale, who was born on May 6th, this is National Nurses day and it has been set aside to honor nurses all over the world.
As a fellow nurse, I suspect you didn't receive breakfast in bed this morning but instead pulled on those lovely blue scrubs to go face the day with people who are ill, and you did this without any fanfare at all.
But today, being Nurses Day, instead of finding demanding doctors or patients complaining, or perhaps managers pleading with you to work a double, you are treated with respect and admiration. Perhaps a red carpet was placed at the facility where you work and administrators and managers all lined the walk way to clap and cheer while photographers took your photo as you walked into your facility to begin your shift. Today is a day we really do want to honor you and let you know how special you really are to us.
For some, there may be a lovely free gourmet meal waiting for you later today at the cafeteria and it will be special enough to not include Jell-o. Peaceful music may also be playing in the background to help create an ambiance of peacefulness and respect. Some nurses may even receive lovely prizes later in the day as a way to recognize who you are and the value you bring.
Thank you, my fellow nurses, for all your efforts to make our world a better place. You have a tough job and most of us realize you are often an unsung hero. But today is different. Today we take a moment to let you know you are making a huge difference in our lives; one day at a time. One patient at a time.