It’s National Nurses Week, a time to celebrate nurses for all that they do.

The origin of National Nurses Week dates back to 1953. It was initially held in October but changed to May to coincide with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, widely recognized as the founder of modern nursing.

At Advocare, nurses are at the center of everything we do. Our care managers have a nursing background which enables them to assess clients, advise families and advocate for optimal health and well-being. Our Nurse Advocates accompany clients to key doctor visits, manage medications, and monitor health status.

Our nurses are on call 24/7. They help coordinate care from multiple practitioners and are a resource for families who may be worried about an older loved one or overwhelmed by caregiving responsibilities.

Nurses are decision makers, project managers, and problem solvers. Nurses are critical thinkers, wonderful listeners, and often provide a shoulder to lean on.

We appreciate nurses for spending their days caring for our patients living at home, those in the hospital or assisted living facilities. When our clients need a helping hand, our nurses are there. When a situation calls for caring, compassion, and comfort, our nurses are there too.

It comes as no surprise to us that nursing is the most trusted profession in the United States, according to a 2017 Gallup Poll. It’s the 16th straight year nurses have ranked number one. But in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of doctor’s offices, hospitals, and clinics, genuine appreciation can be easily forgotten. Let’s use this week to say thank you to nurses for all the hard work they do.

To our nurses, and to nurses everywhere, we at Advocare thank you! We take pride in the work that you do every day. We think every week should be Nurse’s Appreciation Week.