The Significance of “National Nurses Week”

Happy Nurses Week - Celebrating the significance of National Nurses Week

The Significance of “National Nurses Week”

The significance of National Nurses Week is to recognize and honor nurses for their selfless commitment to providing care for others and improving patients’ health across the country.

You may have heard this about nurses: “You don’t miss them until you need them.”

But let’s start with the origin of National Nurses Day.

Florence Nightingale, called the “Mother of Modern Nursing,” transformed nursing from a service into a profession.

In 1860, she opened the first nursing school, which she funded with her own money and trained nurses. 

And in 1865, the first nurses started working at the Liverpool Workhouse Infirmary. 

To honor Florence Nightingale’s pioneering work in nursing and her founding of modern nursing, the International Council of Nurses chose May 12 as International Nurses Dayas it is the date of her birth.

It was long before the nurses got this “nationally recognized week” approved in the US. 

The first proposal was sent to the president’s desk in 1953 and was never signed. Despite other attempts made from the 1950s to the 1970s, there was still no success.

Finally, in 1974, President Nixon signed the proclamation recognizing the National Nurses Week.

Since then, the week of May 6 to 12th has been designated to honor and thank the many nurses and nursing students. 

Let’s honor all the nurses who go above and beyond to care for our loved ones and us. 

Will you take a nurse out for lunch, buy flowers or sweet treats, and show them how much they mean to you? 

In all the previous blogs, you can find some great foodie options in town.

Art bench in Greensboro "Inside/Out Bench"

Imagine this:

You are on a walk or run through the city and getting really tired. 

Suddenly, there is this very inviting couch that appears on your path. 

Wouldn’t that be fantastic? 

If you walk the Greensboro Greenway, this is happening.

At Morehead Park is one of the many art pieces that line the 4-mile multi-use paved trail. 

This stretch of the Greenway was ribbon-cut on May 6, 2012, and is now inviting many people and animals to sit down. 

The art is called “Inside/Out Bench”.  

Downtown Greenway has commissioned various artists to build these benches along the trail. They are called “neighborhood benches.” 

Each bench is unique and was created with input from the surrounding neighborhood. 

Isn’t this a fascinating vision? 

Who will meet and sit with me there for a quick (or long) chat? 

The Sage Mule - independent breakfast & lunch restaurant in Greensboro, NC

Tuesday is my favorite day. 

It is when we introduce all the great independent restaurants in Greensboro. 

This week, we virtually drop at The Sage Mule.

This local restaurant is the creation of a husband & wife team, Steve and Jan Gingher.

They are passionate about the restaurant experience but want a work-life balance, which is hard to find in this business.  

So that is why The Sage Mule is a breakfast & lunch-only restaurant that opened in November 2019. 

Their philosophy of a great business is around sustainability, fresh and local ingredients, and an ever-expanding drink and food menu. 

This place is not just a place to eat. It’s an experience. The cozy decor and the warm, welcoming atmosphere make it a perfect spot for a relaxing meal.

The Sage Mule has become a favorite spot for many people who work downtown and want to grab a quick meal before going to their office or lunch.  

By the way, if you are looking for a delicious breakfast or Sunday brunch spot, look no further. 

The Union Square Campus in Greensboro: an extraordinary facility for nurses to learn and celebrate the National Nurses Day.

As we celebrate National Nurses Week and Wednesday is our architectural day, there is no better building to highlight than the Union Square Campus.

The Union Square Campus is not just a building. It’s a stunning architectural marvel located at 124 East Gate City Blvd. in Greensboro, NC.

It stands out with its sleek lines, innovative use of space, and incorporation of natural elements, making it a true standout in our community.

This campus opened on August 5, 2016, and is a prime example of what can happen when various partners collaborate and find the best outcome for the community. 

Instead of each doing their “own thing” and duplicate efforts, Cone Health, Guilford Technical Community College, North Carolina A&T State University, and the University of North Carolina Greensboro came together and joined their resources and ideas. 

The end product is a state-of-the-art facility where nurses can continue to learn and practice their skills on all levels. 

Thanks to the support of public and private funding, this campus is a catalyst for the next generations of nurses in our community, providing a platform for their education and inspiring us all.

You might ask now: “What does this have to do with Architectural Wednesday?”  

Well, a building is not only its shape, form, and architectural structure but also its people, mission, and the good that comes from it. 

Moses Cone Hospital - one of the many great health facilities in Greensboro, NC

Greensboro, NC, is very fortunate to have a lot of excellent medical facilities.

Going back in history, Greensboro always provided places to care for the wounded and sick. 

Even during the bloody Civil War, soldiers were shipped to the “Gate City” and various hospitals, and “makeshift hospitals” cared for the wounded. 

The First Presbyterian Church served as a hospital during the end of the war in March 1865.

One building from the original church houses the Greensboro Historical Museum.

Today, Greensboro is lucky to have “state-of-the-art” hospitals in the city and surrounding areas. 

Hospitals like Cone Health, Wesley Long, Moses Cone, Novant Health, and Kindred Hospital, along with their dedicated nurses and medical staff, provide excellent care. 

These are just a few names from more than 150 Cone Health locations.

We hope you will never need one of these facilities – but if you do, know that you are in great hands. 

Happy Nurses Week! 

Happy Mother's Day drawing

It is a gentle reminder that Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12! 

Some families will have traditions that they hold high in honoring their mothers. 

Others will “play it by ear” and spontaneously celebrate. 

Let’s make this Mother’s Day a celebration of all mother figures in our lives.  

Whether they are foster mothers, adoptive mothers, stepmothers, or women who have mothered, guided, grown, and supported children, they all deserve our recognition.

How can you support our local community this Mother’s Day?

Greensboro is home to several great, locally-owned restaurants and bars that are delighted to serve you and your loved ones and make this day special.

This week’s newsletter is filled with information about one of our “vital” workforces: the medical staff, particularly the Nurses.

If you have the opportunity, say Thank You to a Nurse for all the hours, sweat, and tears they put into their work. 

When you are done, say Thank You to your Mother and be grateful for the time you can still spend with her. 

One great Mother’s Day Perfect Gift idea is a customized tour through Greensboro.

After all, who needs more stuff? 

But everyone likes to live more adventures with their loved ones.

If you want to learn more about our great city of Greensboro, NC, subscribe to our newsletter and read the others for more tips and fascinating subjects.


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