Don't Curse the Nurse!

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Happy You Day !

on May 6, 2013

Does the idea of National Nurses Week bore you a little? Do you smirk at the knowledge that you will be recognized with a water bottle or a sheet cake that might be gone before you get to it? I too am ambivalent about it when it comes up. The moments of feeling appreciated, feeling special, they come random, and they usually come from the patients, rarely from management. But…

I couldn’t let the day go by without doing something. I mean… jeez…it is our day, and actually they’ve given us a whole week.

 But then again, September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day. Still, I will be respectful about this.( I think I am getting a free voucher for lunch from the cafeteria.)

Here are my personal top ten favorites that didn’t get a lunch voucher:

*I tip my hat to Florence and Clara. Now onto the other eight in my list of top ten.

3. Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was a volunteer nurse in the Civil War and assisted doctors in surgery. It is said that he temporarily abandoned writing when teaching depressed him and originally intended to only visit patients in hospitals.

4. Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882)- a nurse smart enough to not get involved with a  doctor. Biographies detail accounts of her invites to Union soldiers to camp outside the White House.

5. Mary Mahoney (1845-1926) – First African American RN and co-founder of the Association of Graduate Nurses (later became the American Nurses Association)

6. Mary Breckinridge (1881-1965)-founded the model for rural healthcare

7. Edith Cavell (1865-1915) – during WWI helped all soldiers no matter what side she was on. As a result she was court marshaled and executed.

8. Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) – founder organization that later became Planned Parenthood.

9 Dorothea Dix (1802-1887) – force behind the first mental asylums and activist during Civil War

10. Hazel W. Johnson-Brown – first African American Brigadier general in history. Then later, she became  the Dean of the Walter Reed Army Institute School of Nursing.

I will take a moment to gloat about another writer/nurse alongside Walt up there at #3; Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women was a Civil War nurse with a short medical career due to that nasty little Typhoid bug going around.

How did you celebrate ?  I went shopping.

2 responses to “Happy You Day !

  1. Nancy says:

    I love this article. Great Post.

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