National Nurses Week was designed to commemorate the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's work during her assignment during the Crimean War in Turkey. In 1996, the American Nurses' Association designated May 6 through May 12 as the permanent celebration week for nurses because Nightingale's birthday is May 12.
Florence Nightingale sought out this profession to care for the indigent, poor, suffering and dying at a time when it was socially unacceptable for women to care physically for these individuals. She was an activist and feminist who had a goal of caring for the oppressed of the world.
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