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National Nurses Week, May 6 – 12, honors and celebrates nurses’ efforts

“Save one life, you’re a hero. Save 100 lives, you’re a nurse.”


Each year beginning May 6th, National Nurses Week is celebrated across the nation to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and quality of care nurses provide to those they help. National Nurses Week always ends on May 12th, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, there are 3.1 million nurses nationwide. Nurses are the foundation of the healthcare system as they provide much of the direct patient care in hospitals and long-term care facilities. Providing direct care, care coordination, health education, medical and treatment advice, and emotional support for the patient and their family members are just a small part of what nurses do each day.

The emotional and physical strains of being a nurse can be overwhelming. Nurses often care for more multiple patients at once, work outside of their scheduled hours, are always on their feet, and rarely have an opportunity for a break.

This National Nurses Week, take a moment to thank and commemorate the efforts of the nurses in your life, whether they are family, friends, co-workers, or someone who takes care of you or a loved one.

Nurses at Health Advocate

At Health Advocate, our nurses are called Personal Health Advocates, and they are supported by a team of medical directors, benefits and claims specialists. This National Nurses Week, Health Advocate made a donation to the American Cancer Society in honor of our nurses.

Here’s what some of our members have to say about how their Personal Health Advocates have helped them:

“Thank you for following up with me and for being so patient.”

“Thank you so much for your professionalism and kindness and for the expeditious manner in which you worked on our behalf.”

“Thank you for your help and support yesterday. It was a very stressful day for me, but your assistance on the other end of the line was tremendous and more than you will ever know. Thank you again.”

“Thank you so much for all of your efforts. In today’s world it is sadly a rarity to find someone as helpful and caring as you were throughout the ordeal. Your guidance and proactive approach was very comforting and much appreciated.”

“I do not think I could have done it without you. I really believe you made the difference. You have been so kind and helpful.”

“I can really tell you care about helping me. What do people do without Health Advocate?”

For Health Advocate Members

If you are a Health Advocate member with access to our advocacy services, you can call our Personal Health Advocates for personalized help. They can help you locate in-network doctors and medical facilities, research treatment options, resolve coverage issues, facilitate prior authorizations, and so much more.