This week, is celebrated as National Nurses Week.

You either probably know someone who is a nurse, or have had direct care from a nurse in your medical experiences.

National Nurses Week coincides with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, credited as the founder of modern nursing. Thank goodness for Florence. Before she was able to implement some of her ideas and practices, a trip to the doctor usually meant prolonged agony without care and comfort, before eventually dying anyway.

I don't know if this is the case of many families, but nursing was a generational thing in my own family. My Mother, spent over 40 years as a Registered Nurse. My sister, wife and step daughter also are or were involved in the nursing profession.  I remember hearing many stories involving their work, and sore feet, from being on them for nearly their entire shift. Sometimes you see the best and worst of humanity when working in the medical profession.

I understand that this week, Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing here in Quincy,  is conducting commencement ceremonies. Another generation ready to meet the daily medical challenges that happen every day.

Nurses, I thank you for you dedication and commitment for helping us, when we need you the most.