National Nurses Week: Nurses, Thank You. (A message from Duquesne University)

National Nurses Week honors the vital role nurses play in healthcare. This year, Duquesne University School of Nursing pays special tribute to nurses on the front-lines fighting COVID-19 and to our Nursing Class of 2020.

At Duquesne, we are proud to witness the compassion and bravery exhibited by nurses throughout the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses have always been at the forefront in disaster preparedness and this time in our history is no different. Fueled by a deep sense of duty to improve health and preserve life, nurses are spending more time with patients than any other healthcare provider.

The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” marking 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale, who established the principles of modern nursing and hospital sanitation. This designation illustrates the profound impact nurses have in meeting the world’s health needs and recognizes nurses as heroes, caregivers and advocates.

For Duquesne’s Nursing Class of 2020, we are proud of you. You should be proud, too, as you prepare to make a difference – whether it’s at a bedside during a national health crisis or routine daily care, your work impacts the well-being of our communities. We hope you enjoy your achievement and the bright future ahead of you. Congratulations!

We at Duquesne School of Nursing understand how instrumental all healthcare providers are today and every day. To all nurses, we see your courage. We see your compassion. And we thank you.

Pictured Duquesne University Nurse Sarah Wright


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