Nurses Day Proclamation Signed by Mayor Justin Nickels
Today Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels issued a proclamation declaring May 6 – 12 National Nurses Week in the city of Manitowoc. Nurses representing a variety of areas of the Holy Family Memorial network were in attendance as the mayor read the proclamation.
“I ask all residents of this community to join me in honoring registered nurses who care for all of us, and celebrate registered nursing’s accomplishments and efforts to improve our healthcare system and show our appreciation for the nation’s registered nurses, not just during this week, but at every opportunity throughout the year,” said Nickels, reading from the proclamation.
The history of Nurses Day can be traced back to 1953 when Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower to proclaim a "Nurse Day" in October of the following year. The proclamation was never made, but the following year National Nurses Week was observed from October 11 – 16, marking the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's mission to Crimea.
In 1974, President Nixon proclaimed a "National Nurse Week." In 1981, a resolution was initiated by nurses in New Mexico to have May 6th declared "National Recognition Day for Nurses." This proposal was promoted by the ANA Board of Directors and in 1982, with a joint resolution, the United States Congress designated May 6th to be "National Recognition Day for Nurses." The proposal was signed by President Reagan, making May 6 the official "National Recognition Day for Nurses." It was later expanded by the ANA Board of Directors in 1990 to a week-long celebration (May 6-12) known as "National Nurses Week."