On Thursday, National Nurses Day 2021, Americans should honour and appreciate nurses, particularly after their tireless efforts and commitment to caring for people during the coronavirus pandemic last year.
In honor of National Nurses Day 2021, we want to thank all the vaccinators and staff who have worked long hours to get our community protected from COVID-19. Thank you for your hard work and dedication so we can all get through this pandemic!#SMCGettingThroughCOVID pic.twitter.com/CiyycbSlvj
— San Mateo County Health (@SMCHealth) May 6, 2021
Nurses Week begins on Thursday and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the father of modern nursing. Nurses are not only critical to health care, but they are also the most trusted medical practitioners, according to a Gallup poll conducted in December 2020. According to the survey, 89 per cent of Americans rated nurses’ integrity and ethical standards as “very good” or “high.”
Many businesses are honouring nurses with giveaways and other discounts in honour of National Nurses Day. Chipotle, for example, is giving away 250,000 free burritos to health care workers this month, and Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away free medium coffees to health care workers who can display their ID on Thursday.
Crocs, meanwhile, has pledged to send 10,000 pairs of its “Crocs at Work” shoes to healthcare workers over the course of five days beginning May 10.
The problem of nurses’ salaries
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurses’ pay increased slightly last year (BLS). Registered nurses earned a median annual income of $75,330 in 2020, with a median hourly wage rate of $36.22 per hour. Last year, FOX Business announced that nurses’ median annual salary was $73,300 and their median hourly pay rate was $35.24.
According to Nurse.org, the majority of nurses (81%) are paid on an hourly basis, while only 19% are salaried. According to the study, salaried nurses are more likely to serve in managerial positions, while hourly nurses are more likely to work directly with patients.
On the other hand, nurses are paid extra for things like overtime, shift differentials, bonuses, and expenditures, according to Nurse.org, with overtime being the most common. According to the BLS, the career outlook for registered nurses appears to be favourable. Registered nurse jobs are expected to rise 7% through 2029, which is “faster than the average for all occupations.”
Florence Nightingale, also known as “The Lady With the Lamp,” developed modern nursing at the end of the nineteenth century. While caring for injured soldiers in the Crimean War, Nightingale and her colleagues lowered the death rate from 42 percent to 2%, paving the way for modern-day nursing. National Nurses Day is observed on May 6 to honor the vital role nurses play in our lives.
National Nurses Day’s History
National Nurses Day kicks off National Nursing Week, which ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale Week was first celebrated in the United States in October 1954 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of her groundbreaking work in Crimea.
Dorothy Sutherland of the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare proposed to President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953 that a “Nurse Day” be declared in October of the following year to coincide with the anniversary.
Despite the President’s failure to act, the holiday was celebrated thanks to a bill supported by Representative Frances P. Bolton, and the next year, a new bill was introduced in Congress lobbying for official recognition of the holiday.
President Richard Nixon declared a National Nurse Week in February 1974, which will be observed every year in May. Various nursing associations, including the American Nurses Association (ANA), rallied over the next eight years to support demands for a “National Recognition Day for Nurses” on May 6, which President Ronald Reagan finally declared in 1982.
From 1982, Nurses Day until 2021 is celebrated with great pomp in the United States.