Visit an Alabama nursing home and you’ll see registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and even nurse practitioners. These professionals are an important part of how nursing homes deliver care to patients and residents.

In recognition of National Nurses Day on May 6, 2017, the Alabama Nursing Home Association thanks the thousands of nurses serving in our member skilled nursing care centers. According to the Alabama Board of Nursing, 2,661 registered nurses and 4,785 licensed practical nurses work in nursing homes. Further, 29% of Alabama’s licensed practical nurses work in nursing homes, the highest percentage of any workplace setting.

More Information about National Nurses Week 2017

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6 through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The purpose of the weeklong celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the health care needs of the American people. According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), the 3.4 million registered nurses in the United States form the largest group of health care professionals.

The ANA has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse” and is providing tools for nurses to infuse meaning, joy and restoration into their professional practice and life. The emphasis is also reflected in the National Nurses Week theme, “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit.” According to ANHA, the theme centers on celebrating nurses who lead the charge for health and wellness.

According to its website, the ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public.