National Nurses Week begins on National Nurses Day, May 6, 2020, and culminates May 12, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, who is considered the founder of modern nursing. During a Pentagon press briefing on Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and the Chairman of the Joint chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley thanked nurses for their efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We salute all nurses — both military and civilian — who have served and are currently serving our nation and our people,” Esper said. “Thanks to many of their efforts, we are encouraged to see the situation improving in several of the most impacted areas of the country.”

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