May 12th is a big day in the world of healthcare. It's International Nurses Day!

International Nurses Day is held annually on May 12th to commemorate the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. It's a day to honor nurses and all of the vital contributions they make to our society.

According to the International Council of Nurses, the theme for this year's holiday is Nursing the World to Health. It's an appropriate title, since we are currently in the middle of a global pandemic. The CEO of ICN Howard Catton spoke about the challenges that nurses have been facing these past few months in a new video:

We can't even imagine the struggles that healthcare workers have been dealing with since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which is why we have been honoring them for over seven weeks now with our KHAK 'Healthcare Hero of the Day' award. In those seven weeks, we've received over 130 nominations for deserving heroes in the field of healthcare from right here in Eastern Iowa. We would love for you to keep the nominations rolling in, because we will continue to recognize those workers weekday mornings at 6:45. You can do that HERE.

In honor of International Nurses Day tomorrow morning, May 12th, we are directing our focus to nurses. Beginning at 6 a.m., we will be giving shout outs to nurses here in Eastern Iowa! We just need their name, where they work, and a reason they're so special. There are a few different ways you can honor a local nurse:

  1. Leave a Facebook comment on this post
  2. Send us a message/voice message using the KHAK app
  3. Call us tomorrow morning between 6:00 and 6:40 a.m.

Show a nurse some love tomorrow morning! We will try to get to as many calls/comments on the air as we can! :)