National Nurses Week began on May 6th and will continue though May 12th, which marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. This is the time of the year to say an extra special “Thank You!” to those who take care of us when we need them the most.
In honor of all the nurses who have gotten us through skinned knees, chicken pox, and surgeries, Zoo World wanted to share a little history on this special week-long celebration and even let you all in on a sneak peek of the animals we’re releasing for all our extraordinary nurses out there!
Read on to discover more !
The history of Nurses Day started back in 1953 when 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. Sadly, the proclamation was never made. This didn’t damper the spirit of our nurses though. In their positive spirit, they kept pushing. A bill was introduced the following year, but yet again, no action was taken.
Even 20 years later, in 1972, another resolution was presented for day to honor nurses, but as in the past, nothing came of this. Finally, two years later in 1974, some action took place. The International Council of Nurses proclaimed that May 12th would be “International Nurses Day” in honor of Florence Nightingale. Only a month later, President Nixon issued a proclamation that a week will be set aside as National Nurses Week.
Nurses persevered through a 20 year long fight to be properly recognized and we’re sure glad they did! We now have a entire week to celebrate their dedication to not only the medical field, but the well-being of all individuals. Their kind and caring nature have helped each and every one of us in our time of need.
Here in Zoo World, we’ve set our artists to work to pay proper respect to all the lovely nurses we’ve met through the course of our lives.
As most of you already know, we had a poll and you all picked the Nurse Bee to be the player-chosen animal for this feature!
Aside from this, we’ve got lots of exciting critters coming to Zoo for Nurses Week. The Nurse Bluejay, Nurse Blue Footed Booby and Nurse Walrus are already available. You can even purchase a new hospital and pharmacy kiosk to make sure all your animals and visitors are in top notch shape!
But that’s not it! We’ve still got more Ultra Rares coming your way! Can you guess what some of them are? We’ll give you a hint for one of them! This animal is known to deliver babies on doorsteps. Can you guess it? Just you wait until these animals debut in Zoo and all your animals will get the tender loving care they all deserve!