FORT RUCKER, Ala. (May 2, 2013) -- Lyster Army Health Clinic will celebrate its 86 nurses May 6-12 during National Nurses Week.

During the week, hospitals and clinics throughout the nation will focus attention on the diverse ways America's 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals.

This year, the American Nurses Association has selected "Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care" as the theme.

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.

During this week, registered nurses at Lyster Army Health Clinic will be honored by a cake cutting ceremony in each team center, a pizza social during lunch and the opportunity to dress in their white nurse's uniform in memory of the former nurses who helped paved the way to modern nursing practices.

Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, who comprise the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.

LAHC is proud to recognize its registered nurses this week for the quality work they provide seven days a week, 365 days a year.