HONOLULU (May 8, 2018) - Tripler Army Medical Center, the Pacific basin's only tertiary hospital and a vital component of the Military Health System, pays tribute to its nurse corps this week as part of the 2018 "National Nurses Week" observance.

National Nurses Week began on National Nurses Day, May 6, and culminates May 12 on Florence Nightingale's birthday, who is widely known as the founder of modern nursing. For the U.S. military, it is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of the thousands of women and men serving as nurses since the American Revolution to the nearly 30,000 currently serving.

This year's theme - Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence - embodies the profession that has been voted by the American public as the most ethical and honest profession in the country 16 years in a row, according to the annual Gallup poll on honesty and ethical standards.

Tripler Army Medical Center will celebrate "National Nurses Week" with a week of fun-filled events to recognize and thank over 1,200 military and civilian nurses, combat medics, and technicians for their outstanding contributions to support the TAMC mission.

For more than two centuries, military nurses have served America - on the water, in the air, and on land - during peacetime and in conflicts stateside and abroad. The nurses within the Military Health System have played central, heroic roles in military medicine and provided unique contributions within military treatment facilities and clinics throughout the world.

They ensure service members are medically ready to deploy anywhere around the globe on a moment's notice, and they play key roles in military medical research, psychological health, and many other areas within the full spectrum of the health care profession.

Join the Military Health System's Nurses Week conversation and follow @MilitaryHealth's coverage of "National Nurses Week" by visiting https://www.facebook.com/militaryhealth and https://twitter.com/militaryhealth - use the hashtags: #ThankUNurses, #NursesWeek, #MHS.

About the Military Health System
The Military Health System is one of America's largest and most complex health care institutions and the world's preeminent military health care delivery operation. MHS medical professionals save lives on the battlefield, combats infectious disease around the world, and cares for 9.4 million beneficiaries in one of the nation's largest health benefit plans.

The missions of the MHS are:
• To ensure America's 1.4 million active duty and 331,000 reserve-component personnel are healthy so they can complete their national security missions.
• To ensure that all active and reserve medical personnel in uniform are trained and ready to provide medical care in support of operational forces around the world.
• To provide a medical benefit commensurate with the service and sacrifice of more than 9.4 million active duty personnel, military retirees and their families.