National Nurses Week recognizes the professionals Americans trust most
Nurses consistently rank at the top of the country’s most trusted professionals. And this week, America celebrates them.
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- National Nurses Day opens National Nurses Week, May 6-12 and is one of the nation’s largest health care events. National Nurses Week concludes on the birth date of Florence Nightingale.
- More than 2.7 million people work as registered nurses (RNs) in the United States. The field of nursing also includes 752,300 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses, 1.5 million nursing aides and attendants and more than 900,000 home health aides (Sources: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and U.S. Department of Labor).
- Hallmark was the first greeting card company to create cards specifically for National Nurses Day in 1992.
- Hallmark has offered cards that recognize graduation from nurses’ training since the 1950s.