Amidist the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses are being recognized more than ever before.

One nurse took to the parking lot to express her sentiment.

Since she couldn’t enter the Healthstar Physicians building on Morris Boulevard, Debbie A’Hearn, RN, CE, took to the parking lot to hold a sign for staffers to see to wish all a “Happy Nurses Week.”

“One of my jobs is thanking people for their service,” A’Hearn said. “I was just letting everyone know that it was nurses’ week and to thank them for all that they do.”

The picture was taken at Dr. Bratton’s office at Healthstar Physicians

National Nurses Week began on Wednesday and ends on Tuesday. This year’s themes are compassion, expertise and trust.

Each year Nurses Week is from May 6 to 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. Student nurses are celebrated on May 8 of each year. According to nursingworld.org, the first nursing week was observed in 1954, the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. Although no official week was recognized, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate passed joint resolutions supporting recognition of nurses.

In 1974, the International Council of Nurses proclaimed May 12 as “International Nurse Day,” with President Nixon declaring a week in February as Nurses Week. In 1982, the American Nursing Association formally recognized May 6 as “National Recognition Day for Nurses.” President Reagan signed a proclamation on March 25, 1982 proclaiming “National Recognition Day for Nurses” to be held on May 6.

The ANA expanded recognition of nurses to a week-long celebration in 1990, with the dates May 6-12 designated as permanent celebration dates beginning in 1994 and continuing ever since.