Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Thank you for help in all areas of our lives

By the Advocate Editorial Board
May 9, 2013 at 12:09 a.m.

Nurses and teachers each have important roles in our society. Nurses help us with our physical needs while teachers show us how to expand our minds. So it makes sense that National Nurses Week and Teacher Appreciation Week fall during the same time period.

National Nurses Week began as a proposal to President Eisenhower to name a National Nurses Day in 1953, according to the American Nurses Association. The proclamation never came, but in 1993, after years of efforts and small successes, May 6-12 was officially named National Nurses Week.

According to the teacher appreciation website, this year's celebration is May 6-10.

We are grateful to both nurses and teachers for their constant diligent work to help others on a daily basis. Nurses of all kinds and designations bring important, necessary skills to the medical community. Their job is much more important than holding a clipboard or taking notes while a doctor works. There are many different kinds of nurses, and according to the American Nurses Association, they can be found anywhere from the hospital to nursing homes and schools. They can perform physical examinations, provide counseling or administer anesthesia. Nurses are present from birth to the end of life, and their dedication to quality care helps ensure our bodies and even our emotional health is properly cared for.

In the same way, teachers also take part in helping us grow through some of the most important years of our lives. From our first days in day care and kindergarten, when we learn to make friends and how to properly socialize, they are there guiding our development. As we grow, they dedicate their efforts to teaching important knowledge, from the basics of mathematics and grammar to advanced skills we can use to go to college or start a career.

Both teachers and nurses put up with screams and tantrums, soothe fears and tears, offer comfort and support and push us to improve ourselves, both physically and mentally. Their dedication to the quality of life of others is admirable and inspiring.

We applaud all of the nurses and teachers in our area for their hard work and dedication. Every day, they go to work and face difficult, stressful and sometimes rewarding circumstances in their never-ending push to help others. We are grateful for their work and support through the years.

Thank you, nurses and teachers. Our world would not be the same without you.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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