We have so much to celebrate this month! May has been designated Nurses Month, and the World Health Organization and International Council of Nurses extended the Year of the Nurse & Midwife into 2021.
National Nurses Week kicks off today with National Nurses Day and will conclude on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale and International Nurses Day. It is also the final week of the spring semester, with a new class of graduates headed into the workforce to join our alumni and faculty as colleagues in the world’s most trusted profession.
To our new graduates, congratulations! As Carolina Nurses, you are care providers, leaders and an irreplaceable part of our community. You are incredible nurses and researchers, and we applaud you!
While we joyously celebrate National Nurses Week and the Class of 2021, we know there is a great deal of work to be done to offer meaningful recognition to nurses in North Carolina and beyond.
This year, the role of nurses has taken center stage. The pandemic has challenged our School, our profession, and our community in ways that we are still trying to understand. The word “essential” is often used to describe the work nurses are doing for their patients, for our loved ones, for us. It is a fitting word, but words cannot capture the impact nurses have on our lives. It also doesn’t capture the impact nurse educators have on their students and the future of nursing and health care at large. We are in awe of your efforts and commit ourselves to serving you in return.
To our SON Community, thank you for all you do, and Happy National Nurses Day!
Nena Peragallo Montano, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor