MUSCATINE, Iowa–May 6 through 12 is celebrated each year as National Nurses Week. The dates do not coincide with the traditional Sunday through Saturday week, because National Nurses Week is designed to conclude on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12.
Thanks to her strict use of hand-washing and hygiene practices while caring for wounded soldiers in the Crimean War, Nightingale and her nurses reduced the death rate from 42% to 2% and in the process began the world of modern nursing.
More than 100 students graduate from Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ nursing programs at Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott Community Colleges each year.
The colleges annually celebrate and honor those graduates in pinning ceremonies. The pinning ceremony is a symbolic way of welcoming the new nurses into the profession and honors the memory of the award bestowed on Nightingale by Queen Victoria.
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges recognizes the courage, dedication, commitment, and tireless effort of the more than four million nurses nationwide to care for the sick and promote and maintain the health of our nation. This includes Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Anesthetists, and Certified Nurse Midwives.
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is proud to recognize nurses everywhere and our EICC student nurses in particular for the quality work they provide seven days a week, 365 days a year.
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