National Doctors Day and Nurses Day
Celebrate National Doctors Day and Nurses Day this year by honoring a special care giver. If a care giver at Baptist Health made an impact on you or a family member we would love to hear about your experience and help you honor that special person. You can make a gift in honor of that person by clicking here to share your story. Please consider making a donation in honor of that special care giver and supporting Baptist Health Foundation.
DID YOU KNOW? National Doctors' Day is held every year on March 30th in the United States. It is a day to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its' citizens. The first Doctor's Day observance was March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians. This first observance included the mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors. On March 30, 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors' Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctor's Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30th as "National Doctor's Day."
DID YOU KNOW? National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896.
1953 Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower to proclaim a "Nurse Day" in October of the following year. The proclamation was never made.
1954 National Nurse Week was observed from October 11 - 16. The year of the observance marked the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's mission to Crimea. Representative Frances P. Bolton sponsored the bill for a nurse week. Apparently, a bill for a National Nurse Week was introduced in the 1955 Congress, but no action was taken. Congress discontinued its practice of joint resolutions for national weeks of various kinds.
1982 In February, the ANA Board of Directors formally acknowledged May 6, 1982 as "National Nurses Day." The action affirmed a joint resolution of the United States Congress designating May 6 as "National Recognition Day for Nurses." President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation on March 25, proclaiming "National Recognition Day for Nurses" to be May 6, 1982.
1990 The ANA Board of Directors expanded the recognition of nurses to a week-long celebration, declaring May 6 - 12, 1991, as National Nurses Week.
The Baptist Health Foundation provides funds annually to support all of the nursing programs from education through nursing scholarships in Arkansas to nursing certification. This campaign will offer ways to support our nurses in 5 categories in the field of nursing:
- Awards and Recognition— The nursing excellence award recognizes nurses who epitomize the Baptist Health vision, mission, and values. The Daisy Awards are awarded to nurses by nominations from patients and family members.
- Education—Baptist Health Schools Little Rock has the largest diploma based RN program in the state of Arkansas. We strive to keep our admissions open to as many qualified students as possible. Funding nursing scholarships in Arkansas are essential in the development of our new talent.
- Technology— Provide equipment.
- Certification—nursing certification underscores our commitment to care. The American Board of Nursing Specialties defines certification as “the formal recognition of specialized knowledge, skills, and experience demonstrated by the achievement of standards identified by a nursing specialty to promote optimal health outcomes.”
- Continuous Education—Through continuing education programs, workshops, computer-based learning modules and seminars, we intend to strengthen our team of nurses.
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Baptist Health Schools Alumni Association
The Baptist Health Foundation and Baptist Health Schools- Little Rock hope to revitalize the Alumni Association inviting all school alumni, no matter the area of study, to become active.
The Alumni Association aims to:
- help current and future alumni connect with others at social events
- share accomplishments through structured communications
- support the endeavors of the school and hospital
We welcome the following alumni groups to strengthen your connection with former classmates while creating new lifelong friendships at our upcoming events:
- Nursing – RN and LPN
- Medical Technology
- Nuclear Medicine
- Occupational Therapy
- Sleep Technology
- Surgical Technology
- meet current students and develop a network for personal, educational, and social growth
We invite every former student to join or re-commit his/her membership to the Alumni Association and relive those memories while making new ones with our network of friends and colleagues.
We hope you will become an active supporter of the mission of the schools, our future graduates, and the Foundation.
Membership forms can be found here.
Contact Jennifer Modrak at 501-202-1206 or Jennifer.Modrak@baptist-health.org for more information.