National Nurse’s Week: Celebrating New ECU Pirate Nurses

Year after year, Gallop polls rank nurses as the most trusted professionals. In 2011, nurses topped the list again with 84 percent of survey respondents ranking nurses’ honesty and ethical standards “very high” or “high.”

Such high praise transcends centuries, dating back to Florence Nightingale’s days improving care for soldiers during the Crimean War (1853-1856). Today, the ECU College of Nursing builds on her legacy by teaching students to maintain the high ethical and quality care standards she pioneered so long ago.

We celebrate National Nurse’s Week May 6-12 to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nursing programs take special pride in Nurse’s Week because the week-long celebration usually coincides with spring graduation.

On May 4, 2012 ECU College of Nursing celebrated the graduation of 118 new nurses. These graduates will soon take their licensing exam and join this well-respected profession. Coupled with the fall class, ECU graduates more new nurses each year than any school in North Carolina.

No matter where you receive health care in North Carolina, you are likely to run into a Pirate Nurse. Pirate Nurses have a long history of excellence, and we are confident that the newest Pirate Nurses will earn your “most trusted” vote as well!