Emergency Nurses Day is celebrated on the second Wednesday of October every year. This profession requires not only perfect knowledge in the field of emergency care, but also a quick response and resistance to stress. Thanks to the dedicated work of nurses, the condition of patients is stabilized so that they can be taken to the nearest medical facility, where they will receive full treatment. The work of nurses, no doubt, deserves great respect and appreciation.
Celebrating Emergency Nurses Day began in 1989, when it was officially established at the initiative of the Association of Nurses. The holiday is part of the Week of Emergency Nurses, which began to be celebrated in 2001. This profession requires a quick reaction and decision making, especially regarding patients after accidents, with allergic reactions and severe injuries. A person’s life often depends on the right choice of a health worker. Founded in 1970, the Emergency Nurses Association has over 44 members worldwide. This organization advocates for safe conditions for both patients and nurses, for the rights of health workers, and also develops innovative approaches to personnel management, research, and education.
On the occasion of the holiday, we recall the following facts:
- modern nursing was based on the work of 19th-century nurse Florence Nightingale.
- in 1901, a law appeared in New Zealand regulating the work of nurses, in the same year a corps of army nurses appeared, who treated the wounded in the war.
- to qualify as an emergency nurse, one must possess a bachelor’s degree in nursing, pass the NCLE-RN license exam, and then receive the appropriate state license.
How to take part
One of the best ways to celebrate Emergency Nurses Day would be to express sincere gratitude to the nurses. If you don’t know any personally, you can post a thank you message on social media. Even more meaningful gratitude would be a voluntary donation of funds to the needs of any hospital or medical center in your city. Alternatively, you could also send a card or a bouquet of flowers to the nearest medical facility to thank the nurses for their hard work and dedication.
When is Emergency Nurses Day celebrated in 2023?
Emergency Nurses Day is observed on the second Wednesday in October each year.