At the Department of Juvenile Justice, nurses are some of the most unsung heroes at our facilities around the state. Providing medical services to all of our youth, nurses are called into action day and night to ensure the health and well-being of those individuals entrusted to DJJ’s care.
In recognition of the hard work and dedication of our nurses, DJJ is a proud supporter of National Nurses Week, currently being celebrated across the country. National Nurses Week is a time to show appreciation for these vital members of the healthcare profession. This year’s theme, set by the American Nurses Association, is "Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit" and focuses on the year of the “healthy nurse”.
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. Nightingale was a trail-blazing figure in the medical profession and because of her pioneering work during the Crimean War, she is known as the founder of modern nursing. Due to her habit of making rounds at night, Nightingale became known as "The Lady with the Lamp". National Nurses Week was first observed in October 1954, the 100th anniversary of Nightingale's mission to Crimea.
DJJ would like to thank and recognize all of the men and women who make up the nursing team in Georgia. For more information on National Nurses Week, visit http://www.nursingworld.org/NationalNursesWeek-History.