Four College of Nursing graduates standing in a line
WSU College of Nursing commencement falls around the same time as National Nurses Week each year.

It’s National Nurses Week, an event that has been celebrated since the 1970s but that didn’t gain official recognition until 1982, when then-President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation for a “National Recognition Day for Nurses.”

The celebration takes place on the same dates every year – May 6-12 – because May 12 is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. At Washington State University, it also falls around the same time as commencement for the College of Nursing.

In honor of National Nurses Week, the WSU College of Nursing celebrates the nursing students who graduated on Friday; the preceptors who help train our next generation of health care providers; and the nurses working in myriad roles throughout the state.

The College of Nursing is the largest producer of RNs in Washington and one of the largest in the Western U.S. The College has programs in Spokane, the Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Walla Walla and Yakima, and offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral degrees.

Whether in urban or rural settings, the College of Nursing prepares nurses to be leaders and advocates for health care, patients, and the nursing profession.

“I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.” — Florence Nightingale

To celebrate National Nurses Week, the WSU College of Nursing is screening “The American Nurse,” the acclaimed documentary by Carolyn Jones, on Wednesday, May 10, at 4 p.m. in Room 20 of the Spokane Academic Center (SAC). Staff, faculty, students and local health care providers are invited.