Teacher Appreciation Week, Nurses Week Highlight Important Work of Nurse Educators
The intersection of National Nurses Week and National Teacher Appreciation Week draws our attention to two professions that have an enormous impact on the quality of life of every American. Nearly everyone can think of a particularly talented and passionate teacher who helped them find direction as a young person, and most also encounter an exceptional nurse during a time of pain or need. This special week provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary individuals who practice both of those professions: nurse educators.
National Nurses Week
National Nurses Week is a celebration of the immeasurable contribution nurses make to the care and health of all people. The celebration occurs from National Nurses Day (May 6) to Florence Nightingale’s birthday (May 12). National Student Nurses Day is celebrated on May 8, and National School Nurse Day falls on the Wednesday during the week (May 9 in 2012). As direct care providers, counselors, advocates, educators, and leaders, nurses affect the lives of all Americans. Every year during National Nurses Week, individuals, communities, and institutions recognize nurses through celebrations, awards, media releases, and special events.
National Teacher Appreciation Week
National Teacher Appreciation Week is a celebration of the teachers who educate and prepare us to live capable and fulfilling lives. This year, National Teacher Appreciation Week will run from May 7 to May 11, with Teacher Appreciation Day occurring on May 8.
Nurse educators are nurses who possess significant clinical practice experience and endeavor to share their skills and knowledge with other nurses. Most nurse educators continue to practice while they teach, which ensures that they maintain clinical competence and remain aware of developments in the field. Universities, hospitals, and other health care facilities all employ nurse educators. Most nurse educator positions require a master’s or doctoral degree. The nurse educator role also requires the ability to accurately relay information to others and evaluate student progress.
Many nurses choose their profession out of a desire to help and care for others. Similarly, many teachers choose their profession out of a desire to share their passion for knowledge and learning. The exceptional individuals who pursue these paths simultaneously are worth celebrating.
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