Today marks the beginning of Nurses Week which always holds a special place in my heart. I love nurses and I love that for a whole week (not just a day) we all get to express our gratitude for and awe of nurses. After all, nurses give so much of themselves. What other profession, in the normal course of performing its job, doesn’t get to eat, use the bathroom or take a break and sometimes even gives its lives for the very people it’s serving?
For decades, it’s been my goal to free RNs to be your own boss, make your own choices and design a legal nurse consulting business that fulfills you. My more audacious goal has always been to help RNs find and own your own voice, believe in yourself and speak up for what you know without fear of discrimination, harassment or suppression.
For those of us who have been nurses for decades, Nurses Week can be underwhelming and look the same year after year. But 2020 Nurses Week will stand out as the year that Americans understood what it really means to be a nurse. COVID-19 is an historical moment, not just for humanity, but for the very profession of nursing. More than ever I believe that the current and future voice of nurses will be irrevocably changed and forever heard.
God bless nurses,
Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD
P.S. Comment and wish everyone a Happy Nurses Week and share your thoughts on what Nurses Week means to you.