The week is a national observance in recognition of nurses' contributions to the health and well-being of American society.
The hospital, in a written statement, said it recognizes outstanding nurses with the annual Sue Wilson Memorial Award.
This award is given each year to a registered nurse who exhibits outstanding performance in the following areas: excellence in practice, caring and dedication to patients, a mentor to others, participates in community and professional organizations, supports the mission of the organization and promotes the advancement of nursing practice.
In 1982 President Ronald Reagan officially designated May 6 as National Recognition Day for Nurses. Several years later the American Nurse’s Association decided to designate May 6 through May 12, which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday, for the permanent observance of Nurses’ Week.