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International Nurses Day 2021

Carrying out the Mission of Christ


Before we were nurses, it was easy to dream and ponder our nursing employment and how we would conduct ourselves.  In reality, we know that nursing is multifacted and often complex, requiring much from us.  To be good nurses, it takes our talents, intellect, generosity, and natural and spiritual depths.  It takes great integrity, perseverance, and even bravery.  You all are these good nurses.  

Good nurses hold high standards of honesty, resourcefulness, holding the highest work ethic.  The craftsmen call it “pride in workmanship”.  We call it devotion to our calling.  Maybe we call it “being Jesus’ hands and feet”, ministering to the image of God in each and every person.  It takes growing in self-mastery, that is in virtue, a laying down of one’s life for others, a holding of the tongue, a high degree of humility.

All Catholics have the high calling of standing for truth.  Our times are especially challenging in this regard.  Nurses are at the juncture of the truth and the lies that press in on our society.  

Thank you for standing; thank you for persevering; thank you for growing in the Faith, so as to serve the good and not the darkness.

   In Jesus' Holy Name, Your President,  Ellen Gianoli, RN 

Four Famous Nurses from History Who Changed the World

On International Nurses Day 2020, which is also the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, we pause to reflect on these nurses who brought significant changes to the healthcare system.


Florence Nightingale (1st Row, Left): At just 17, Florence Nightingale believed she was called by God "to do something toward lifting the load of suffering from the helpless and miserable." She did so until she died at the age of 90.

Clara Barton (1st Row, Right): A civil war nurse, Clara Barton tended to wounded soldiers and started a company that today is known as the American Red Cross, currently serving millions.

Dorothea Dix (2nd Row, Left): Dorothea Dix revolutionized the way mental health patients were treated and is considered a pioneer in the field of psychiatric nursing.

Mary Elizabeth Mahoney (2nd Row, Right): The first African American woman to graduate nursing school, Mary Elizabeth Mahoney is a trailblazer in the field of nursing. Today there are now more than 440,000 African American nurses.
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