In recognition of National Nurses' Week (officially May 6th to May 12th), I want to take a moment to honor the approximately 2.9 million registered nurses who provide skilled and compassionate care to millions of Americans day in and day out. Nurses are an essential component of the healthcare system, and this week is simply an opportunity for recognition of a body of individuals whose work is essential to the health and well-being of so many.
Expanding that notion, I would also like to recognize nurses worldwide, my professional brethren with whom I am connected through our mutual dedication to service and nursing care. All too often, we focus too keenly on our own community or country, losing sight of those in lands beyond our borders. Nurses and other healthcare workers labor each day in refugee camps, on battlefields, at the site of natural disasters, and on the streets of cities the world over.
Many blessings to my fellow nurses, and to anyone and everyone who has ever taken a moment to help another sentient being. May we all be free from suffering.