Huntsville Hospital Honors National Nurses Week

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All week long the American Nurses Association urges everyone to take a minute and thank a nurse as part of National Nurses Week.

The National Nurses Week celebration aims to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play.

There are nearly 3.1 million men and women registered as nurses nationwide and more than 2,700 serving as nurses at Huntsville Hospital. The prominence of the nursing profession, along with the presence of the nursing program at UAHuntsville makes the occupation vital to the Tennessee Valley.

Huntsville Hospital is using this special week to pack in some extra thanks.

"I think the community as well as our physicians and the administrators of the hospital know that they can't do this without the nurses," said Registered Nurse Cathy Hubler. "I mean we're at the bedside everyday, every minute of the day, caring for the patients. We hope our patients and families appreciate what we do for them that's really why we're here is for the patients and the families."

Some of the activities scheduled to help nurses feel loved this week include ad 20 percent discount at various gift shops throughout the hospital system, free massages on Wednesday at the Huntsville Hospital main patio and the nurses reception on Wednesday.

The RN and LPN of the Year, which are voted on by their peers, will be announced at the reception.

The week of recognition runs from May 6-12. May 12 is also the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is known as the founder of modern nursing.