National Nurses Week

By Kathie Miller, Corporate Director of Marketing & Communications

Celebrating Those Who Care

Yesterday, we started celebrating National Nurses Week at Goodwin House Incorporated (GHI). Every year, this week-long event starts on May 6 and ends on May 12. These dates are important: May 6 was established as “National Recognition Day for Nurses” by President Ronald Reagan in 1982; and May 12 is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Also, the International Council of Nurses has celebrated “International Nurse Day” on May 12 since 1965.

According to the American Nursing Association (ANA), there are 4 million registered nurses in the United States. Nurses work in a range of settings – from doctors’ offices and hospitals to schools and Life Plan Communities. And in all settings, nurses are there for us when we need care the most. That’s probably why nurses have ranked America’s most trusted profession for 17 consecutive years. Yes, that’s right… nurses rank highest in honesty and ethical standards among a wide range of professions, and they have held that position for nearly two decades.

At the Goodwin House communities, through our clinics, our healthcare centers and our Palliative Care and Hospice program, we see the impact nurses have in the lives of residents, their families and their colleagues. They’re quick with a smile, take time to listen and demonstrate kindness and patience in all they do. We are grateful to them, and we are grateful for them. They make a world of difference.

Please join us in celebrating the amazing professionals who dedicate their lives to caring for others. We invite everyone to thank the nurses in their lives.


As Corporate Director of Marketing & Communications, Kathie Miller provides strategic guidance and tactical support for all areas of the GHI organization. As part of her responsibilities, she manages The Good Life blog and newsletter. Kathie joined GHI in 2014 after nearly 15 years at NPR, where she honed her skills in brand and reputation management, content marketing and internal communications.