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NEWS | May 7, 2020

Nurses Week letter from U.S. Army Reserve chief nurse

By Col. Regina Powell

In 1982, Congress designated May 6 as National Nurses Day and in 1990, the American Nurse Association expanded the recognition to a week, May 6-12.

This Nurses Week, I would like us to remember the origin of nursing, Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.  Florence Nightingale rose to prominence during the Crimean War.  She organized care for the sick, injured, and wounded Soldiers.  She was the original "Lady of the Lamp".

Military and civilian nurses provide a unique contribution to military medicine as they care for Soldiers and their Family members.  Nurses work hard to maintain the readiness of the force to ensure our military personnel remain ready to defend our nation in support of operational missions and objectives.

In times of crisis, like now, OUR nurses fight on the frontline. Your work for our homeland generates hope and appreciation from the nation. Your compassion, optimism, and kindness have not gone unnoticed.  Nurses brighten peoples day. Your efforts ensure Americans can continue to live in a happier, healthier world.

I personally THANK YOU for saving the lives and lifting the spirits of our American People. THANK YOU for being AMAZING and we APPRECIATE everything you do.

Col. Regina Powell, FNP-BC
Chief Nurse, U.S. Army Reserve