They give us hope and light the way through every step of our health journey. Their compassion, guided by a powerful devotion to care for their patients, is what sees us through some of the darkest times of our lives.
Now, our UHealth nurses, and nurses around the world, are once again putting patients first. They selflessly serve, along with other health care practitioners, through extremely long shifts meeting the needs of patients, including those battling COVID-19.
That is why we celebrate National Nurses Week from May 6 to May 12, as a part of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in 2020, which commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of the pioneer of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.
Immortalized as the lady with the lamp, Florence Nightingale inspired generations of nurses to respond to the call of the wounded, ill, and injured with courage and compassion. She became a leading voice in public health and elevated the practice of nursing. Her work to systemize best practices to improve disease prevention is even more relevant today as we fight devastating contagious diseases.
Make a gift in honor of a UHealth/Miller School nurse. Your donation to the UHealth/Miller School of Medicine Emergency Response Fund will support:
We salute nurses today and every day of the year.
Join us in Celebrating a Nurse today.
Elijah Virgin, a registered nurse and liaison at UHealth, keeps nursing operations running smoothly between a busy emergency department and EMS crews — a critical role that ensures both patients and staff are protected and receiving the care they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow a typical day for Elijah, as he balances long hours, stressful work situations, and the safety of his own family.