Happy Nurses Appreciation Day! Nurses Brenda, Christine, Julia

Nurses Appreciation Day is on May 6, we recognize the critical role Nurses play in our lives by celebrating National Nurses Day/ week May 6th – May 12th. Honors their contributions and sacrifices and reminds us to thank the medical heroes who keep us safe. Nurses are now recognized as highly specialized professionals with a wide range of skills. Today, becoming a nurse requires four years of study and extreme focus and dedication.

My interactions are well documented with Nurses being accident-prone over the years. One terrible car accident and maybe a heart attack or two. Nurses played a key role in my recovery after heart surgery. After my operation, they had me up and walking instilling confidence in getting back to normal. Watching Nurses for years and all that is part of their job. It’s the extra kindness they show in their jobs I have found so special. Some of my longtime friends are part of this challenging profession. Friends like Christine, Big Mike, Kathleen, Nikki, Mary and so many more.

I look forward to making it a point to acknowledge all Nurses everywhere. Not an easy job especially these past years. Can you imagine the sacrifice all Nurses gave during the pandemic?  They all went in and faced fear head-on of the unknown: from emergency to home health care. Hospice Nurses providing not only care but also comfort to the patient and families.

So thank nurses this Nurses Appreciation Day, but let’s try every day: 365 days a year. For me, “Thank You, Nurses,” isn’t enough. I owe you so much more. So I picked a few songs to honor all of you.

Songs for Nurses Appreciation Day

  • The Nurse · The White Stripes


    The White Stripes signature look always reminded me of nurse helpers called, Candy Stripers .  A candy striper volunteers his/her time weekly at the hospital by assisting the nursing staff with patients’ needs such as refilling water and ice, taking books and magazines to rooms, or assisting nurses by taking vital signs and filing or other simple but important tasks.

  • Nurse Rozetta - Alice Cooper

    In 1978 Alice Cooper releases, From The Inside It a concept album about Cooper’s stay in a New York asylum due to his alcoholism. Each of the characters in the songs was based on actual people Cooper met in the asylum. One of the characters is a song about a nurse. Nurse Rozetta 

    I just can’t sleep at nightRozetta dressed in whiteShe’s got the Devil’s lightShining in her eyes

  • More than a Hero, a Tribute to Nurses

    A second year Nursing Student Vanessa Chua’s tribute to nurses, “What Makes a Hero”

  • Scrubs - Theme Song

    The TV show called Scrubs  is a sitcom that aired from October 2, 2001, to March 17, 2010, on NBC and also ABC. The series follows the lives of employees at the fictional Sacred Heart Hospital, which is a teaching hospital. Notice the length of the tv show themes in the 2000s were becoming shorter.

  • Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees

    Stayin’ Alive” is a song written and performed by the Bee Gees from the Saturday Night Fever motion picture soundtrack. Believe it or not the song is used to save lives. A study was just completed that confirms that med students and physicians who were trained to do compressions, while listening to the song, would maintain the ideal rhythm of 100-120* compressions per minute.

  • Help! - The Beatles

    The Beatles second movie release was titled, “Help!” Title track “Help!” is a song that served as the title song for both the 1965 film and its soundtrack album. It was also released as a single, and was number one for three weeks in both the United States and the UK.

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