Celebrating National Nurses Week with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

Did you know that nursing has been ranked the most trusted profession by Americans?

Each year, from May 6 to May 12, healthcare professionals across the country celebrate National Nurses Week.

Trocaire, in collaboration with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, is kicking off this year’s National Nurses Week with our first Nursing for Life conference.

The event takes place May 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at BlueCross BlueShield’s downtown Buffalo headquarters and is open to all local nursing professionals and students.


“Nurses deserve to be recognized and applauded for the type of work they do,” says Dolores “Dee” Bellanti, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York’s Director of Provider Network Development and Operations. “Nursing has to be one of the most demanding and emotionally draining jobs out there. This week is set aside to help them realize as a nation how much we appreciate their work.”

National Nurses Week: Recognition for 365 days of commitment

In 1954, America celebrated National Nurse Week for the first time from Oct. 11 – 16 in honor of the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission treating wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. The following year, a bill was proposed to congress for an annual National Nurse Week, but no action was taken.

Although many attempts have been made to proclaim a National Nurse Day, it wasn’t until 1982 that the American Nurses Association Board of Directors, in joint resolution with the United States Congress, proclaimed May 6 as National Recognition Day for Nurses.

historic nurses

Then, in 1993, the ANA Board of Directors officially designated May 6 through 12 as permanent dates to observe National Nurses Week in all subsequent years. This date seemed appropriate — since May 12 is Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Since then, May 8 has been selected as National Student Nurses Day and the Wednesday within each National Nursing Week has been celebrated as National School Nurse Day.

Trocaire College and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York: Partnering in appreciation

“I’m so excited we’ve partnered with Trocaire for this event,” Ms. Bellanti says. “BlueCross BlueShield believes in promoting positive information to support the community, and this event does just that.”

Not only is Ms. Bellanti a Nursing for Life representative from BCBS, she is also a Trocaire nursing grad. In her current position, she works with healthcare providers to make sure customers have access to great healthcare.

“What makes this event unique,” Ms. Bellanti says, “is that we are providing nurses with access to personal — not clinical — education. Attendees will have time to focus on themselves by learning about important issues such as workplace violence, but then also enjoy themselves through massages, food and other pampering.”


Also exciting: the State of Healthcare in WNY panel.

“How often are community nurses able to engage in a panel discussion with some of the area’s most influential healthcare leaders?” Ms. Bellanti asks. “Attendees will be able to ask the burning questions they have about the evolution of the industry.”

The conference’s keynote speaker will be Donna Cardillo, an inspirational speaker with over 25 years of experience. Aside from speaking, Donna also works as a columnist for Nurse.com and is an expert blogger for DoctorOz.com.

“Nursing for Life is a great opportunity for the nursing community to get together, network and share ideas,” she says. “It makes me proud to be a part of this both as a BlueCross BlueShield employee and a Trocaire alumna.”

Visit our website to register for the conference or contact Mario Hicks, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, atHicksM@trocaire.edu for more information.