National Student Nurse Day is celebrated on May 8 as part of National Nurses Week. It’s a day to appreciate the courage of student nurses as they take on the highly challenging and competitive field of medicine.
The nursing education that student nurses undergo is different from that of other students. Aside from theoretical learning in classes, student nurses apply their knowledge through practical experiences such as administering medications, charting, nursing care, and patient assignments. Student nurses can specialize in various nursing fields, including clinical nursing, burn care nursing, education, mental health nursing, nurse practitioner, and midwifery.
Upon completion of their studies, student nurses have to take certification exams before becoming registered nurses. 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.
Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has been set aside to recognize school nurses. National School Nurse Day was established to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.
School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week. National Nurses Week is May 6-12 each year.From The American Presidency Project, Proclamation 4913—National Recognition Day for Nurses, 1982: “Scientific advancements in recent years have dramatically expanded the role of nurses in our health care system, and their knowledge and skills have increased to keep pace with new technologies and methods of treatments.
“Yet, the very core of nursing—caring for patients at the bedside—remains unchanged. Nurses bring a special compassion and concern for the patient and for the patient’s family. “Nurses play a vital role in educating people in how to avoid illness and promote good health.
“Nurses are essential to every health care setting—in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care centers, and patients’ homes.”