Nurses are such an important part of what we do that nursing is in our name. Open the door of any Alabama nursing home and you’ll see registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and even nurse practitioners.

In recognition of National Nurses Day on May 6, 2016, the Alabama Nursing Home Association thanks the thousands of nurses serving in our member skilled nursing care centers. Your dedication to the people served in our nursing homes in unparalleled. Keep up the good work because what you do matters.

More Information about National Nurses Week 2016

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6 through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. According to the American Nurses Association, the 3.4 million registered nurses in the United States form the largest group of health care professionals.

During National Nurses Week, the American Nurses Association (ANA) is asking nurses to help make their workplaces safer to enhance patient care and nurses’ health and well-being. The emphasis on developing this type of work environment is also reflected in the National Nurses Week theme, “Culture of Safety—It Starts with YOU.”

ANA defines a Culture of Safety as one in which a health care organization’s leaders, managers and workers are committed to core values and behaviors that emphasize safety over competing goals. Other signs of a safety-focused culture include openness and mutual respect when discussing safety concerns and solutions without shifting to individual blame; a learning environment; transparency and accountability; and reliable teams.

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.