Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. On Monday, May 6, Port Huron Hospital will join the American Nurses Association (ANA) in celebrating Florence Nightingale’s birthday, annually the first day of the national week-long observation. Florence Nightingale is recognized as the founder of nursing as a modern profession. Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers. Nurses have many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner to administrative leadership– serving all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety. The purpose of the week celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public.