National Student Nurse Day takes part in National Nurses Week on May 8th. The day honors student nurses as they pursue a career in medicine.

Student Nurses are at the cutting edge of technology, learning the latest life-saving techniques. At the same time, they are practicing skills in programs that have been built upon medical science. Each year, the demand for nurses grows. Now more than ever, the nursing field needs more people dedicated to the field of medicine. Their drive to care, learn, and specialize in nursing will make a difference in the lives of millions of individuals and the families who love them each year.

A registered nurse (RN) will attend four years of nursing school to attain a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Nurses also branch out into specialties advancing their careers into other areas of medicine.

National Student Nurses Day celebrates these students and their achievements.

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In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health proposed a Nurse Day observance. While a proclamation never came, National Nurse Week was observed the following year. The American Nurses Association established National Student Nurse Day to recognizes student nurses in 1998.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalStudentNursesDay

Encourage a student nurse you know. As they pursue their career, it can be a challenging time. It’s an overwhelming undertaking and one that friends, family, and peers should support in every way possible.  If you’re in the nursing profession, offer words of wisdom and support. Families and friends show your support, too, and let them know how proud you are of their direction and focus. Use #NationalStudentNurseDay to share on social media to give a student nurse you know a shout-out.

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