This week, Planned Parenthood says “thank you” to the compassionate and skilled nurses who work every day to keep the women, men, and young people in their communities healthy, and to ensure they have access to the full range of reproductive health care options, including cancer screenings, birth control, testing and treatment for STDs, and accurate sexual health information.
National Nurses Week was established in 1990 by the American Nurses Association, which represents the interests of the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses, advancing the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, and projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing.
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who opened the world’s first modern nursing school in 1860 in London and in the 1870s mentored America’s first professionally trained nurse, Linda Richards.
As the leading women’s health care provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood is committed to providing patients with high-quality, confidential and nonjudgmental care. The work of our compassionate and highly skilled health center staff makes this possible, and ensures that the communities we serve get the best care possible, every day — no matter what.