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May is National Nurses Month

The American Nurses Association Scope and Standards 4th edition states “nursing is a learned profession built on a core body of knowledge that reflects multiple ways of knowing, integrating both art and science. Nursing requires judgment and skill based on principles of the human biological, physical, behavioral, and social sciences. Nursing promotes the health, well-being, comfort, dignity, and humanity of all individuals, families, groups, communities and populations. Nursing’s focus on the healthcare consumer is enhanced by interprofessional collaboration, sharing knowledge, scientific discovery, integrative healthcare approaches, and social justice.” Nurses are researchers, advocates for health policy and professional development practitioners.

Along with being  National Nurses Month, May also includes National Nurses day on May 6 and National Nurses Week. National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week (May 6-12) each year.

The American Nurses Association will be holding a live national online event on May 18. This free event will cover:

  • Recognizing and celebrating the nursing profession
  • Connect through storytelling
  • Learn how your story can make a difference to improve your communities and nursing

For more information on this event or to register, click here.

Thank you to all the nurses serving the communities in South Dakota!!

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Events This Month


20may11:00 am12:00 pmAddressing Public Misperceptions About Palliative Care

21may12:00 pm1:00 pmTrauma-Informed Care: Why It’s Important and How to Implement It into PracticeCAPC Webinar

21may12:00 pm1:00 pmFinance Fundamentals for Hospitals (Hospital Financial series Part 2)SDAHO Webinar

22may12:00 pm1:00 pmLTC Town Hall: Understanding Enhanced Barrier PrecautionsWebinar

23may12:00 pm1:30 pmInfection Prevention: Guiding Hospitals Toward Effective, Compliant, and Sustainable SolutionsSDAHO Webinar

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