You don’t need to give us a reason to celebrate LRS Healthcare’s amazing nurses. But as luck would have it, National Nurses Week is May 6-12 and the World Health Organization (fittingly) declared 2020 as “The Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” so we’re going to take the opportunity to show our nurses some extra love.


To celebrate National Nurses Week and our dedicated nurses, we’re looking back at the incredible things nurses have done to build the medical field as we know it. Nursing has a rich history of care, compassion and achievement leading us to the nurses working diligently worldwide today.


Each of these five stories are key in the history of nursing and LRS Healthcare. We’re proud of nursing’s history and honored to be a part of its future.


1860: Florence Nightingale Pioneers Modern Nursin

Florence Nightingale became well-known throughout Europe for her service in the Crimean War. She trained fellow nurses, improved sanitary conditions for injured soldiers and brought lifesaving care to thousands.


After her time on the battlefront, she returned home to London where she started the first-ever secular nursing school. The Nightingale Training School revolutionized how nurses are taught and introduced the world to modern nursing.


1881: Clara Barton Founds the American Red Cross

Clara Barton worked as a clerk for the U.S. Patent Office when the American Civil War broke out. Amidst the chaos, she decided the best way she could help was to bring supplies, care, food and help to the wounded and sick soldiers.


While she had no formal training in nursing, she became an extremely valuable medical provider and relief manager through the war. Later in her life, she visited Europe and learned about the Switzerland-based Red Cross, an organization that provides aid in times of war and disaster. Clara then brought the United States into the Red Cross network. The American Red Cross now saves lives daily with blood drives, disaster relief and much more.


1911: The American Nurses Association Is Established

Prior to 1903, there were no laws standardizing the nursing field in the United States. Nurses did not have to be licensed to serve and  no systems existed to organize or register nurses.


Then, North Carolina became the first state requiring nurses to receive formal education and maintain a license. Other states quickly followed suit, and the American Nursing Association formed in 1911 to keep new nursing standards and represent registered nurses.


1978: Travel Nursing Takes Root

Nursing is an extremely old profession with a storied past, but it also has an incredible power to adapt. Travel nursing emerged in the 1970’s as a new way to practice nursing while also offering flexibility and opportunities.


A New Orleans hospital was the first to enlist travel nurses to assist with the influx of patients after Mardi Gras. Medical travel then caught on across the country and opened up a new world of care that gives medical professionals freedom while helping hospitals meet their staffing needs.


2020: Nurses Stand on the Front Line of COVID-19

It goes without saying that 2020 has been one of the most difficult years for medical professionals. Regardless of whether you work directly with COVID-19 patients or not, the stress this pandemic has placed on everyone in medicine is immense.


In hard times, we can lose sight of the reasons we love nursing. Remembering your purpose doesn’t make things easier, but it does bring hope. You, the nurses of LRS Healthcare, give us hope. Your hard work and dedication (despite everything happening around you) will make you an incredible part of the history of nursing.


Thank you, nurses. We have your back.


To thank our nurses, we’re offering up to $20 reimbursement for your PPE here.