While nurses across the nation are being honored for the contributions they make to the community, the UNM College of Nursing will celebrate New Mexico nurses and honor the person who helped make Nurses' Day possible.

In celebration of National Nurses' Week, May 6-12, a ceremony will be held on Nurses' Day, Sunday, May 6, from noon to 2 p.m. at the UNM Nursing/Pharmacy Auditorium. Nurses from around the state will honor former Interior Secretary Manual Lujan for his efforts in making this day of recognition a reality.

Some of the nursing leaders in attendance will include those who were instrumental in convincing Lujan of the need to recognize and celebrate the significant contribution nurses make.

In 1981, Lujan, then a congressman, rallied with various nursing organizations to support a resolution initiated by nurses in New Mexico. President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation in 1982, designating May 6 as National Recognition Day for Nurses.

"The CON is pleased to host this special celebration that honors the dedication, commitment and tireless efforts of nurses and say ‘thank you' to Mr. Lujan," said Sandra Ferketich, Ph.D., dean of the UNM College of Nursing.

Annually, National Nurses' Week begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. The theme of this year's celebration is "Nurses are the True Spirit of Caring."

Nurses' Day is an effort to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the significant roles they play in meeting the health care needs of our communities and the nation.
Contact: HSC Public Affairs, 272-3322