Do you know any nurses? Of course you do. You might have been afraid of them as a child, coming atchya with a big scary shot in the behind, but it’s time to put that, er, behind you, and applaud them for all their hard work. Today is the official kick off of National Nurses Week! Members of the health profession from across the country are recognized and honored for their contributions to society.  This year’s theme is Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow. The week-long celebration ends on May 12th, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, regarded as the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale was known for her pioneer work during the Crimean War. She earned the nickname “The Lady with the Lamp” after bravely traveling at night tending to the wounded soldiers. Her courage sets the tone for the incredible strength it takes to be a nurse today.

In honor of National Nurses Week here’s a look at some of the greatest television nurses of all time.

Debra Jo Rupp as Kitty Forman, That 70’s Show

Loretta Swit as Major Margaret J. “Hotlips” Houlihan, M*A*S*H

Edie Falco as Jackie Petyon, Nurse Jackie

Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrilli, Heroes

Judy Reyes as Nurse Carla Espinosa, Scrubs

Julianna Margulies as Carol Hathaway, E.R.

Jada Pinkett Smith as Christina Hawthorne, Hawthorne

Tip: As a token of appreciation and to let those in the nursing field know that are appreciated, send them a note acknowledging their hard work.

Who’s your favorite TV nurse of all time?

Images Courtesy of BET, Nortek Medical Blog, Atomic Think Tank, Dose.ca, Boston.com, Entertainment Weekly, Instyle

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