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National Nurses Week and Teacher Appreciation Week remind us to honor those who serve others

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Mahatma Gandhi 


This first full week of May is a time to honor two groups of professionals who embody service above self – nurses and teachers.


This year, for National Nurses Week, the American Nurses Association has chosen the theme “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care.” At KidsPeace, our nurses blend science and compassion every day, putting in long hours to make life a little easier for the children and adolescents in our care. And through tackling both the ordinary and extraordinary situations that arise each day, they have the chance to make a permanent impression not just on their patients, but also the families of those they serve. We are immensely grateful for the passion they bring to their vocation.


National Nurses Week began Monday and runs through May 12, which was the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is considered the founder of modern nursing. Whether nurses are working directly with patients, educating those who are in the trenches or conducting research, their purpose is always to ease others’ burdens and provide high-quality, patient-driven care.


In addition to honoring nurses, May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week. I’m sure everyone can recall at least one special teacher who went above and beyond to make learning enjoyable. Good teachers help their students by showcasing their strengths, teaching new skills and encouraging them to dream bigger for their future. At KidsPeace, our teachers work hard every day to ensure out students receive a well-rounded education. It’s never too late to thank a teacher for setting you on the right path. If you are a parent, you are probably even more aware of the crucial role teachers play. So take a moment this week to say thank you, volunteer in a classroom or nominate a teacher for an award.


Do you have a special way to honor a nurse or teacher in your life? Share it with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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