National Nurses’ Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale — the one more credited with pioneering modern nursing. The week kicked off with President Trump declaring May 6th as National Nurses’ Day, and concludes with Nurses’ Day being observed worldwide on May 12th.
From President Trump’s proclamation of National Nurses’ Day 2020, “Everyday nurses provide quality, compassionate and critical care to patients during both routine medical visits and in times of great vulnerability, fear and uncertainty. Over the past weeks and months, as our nurses worked heroically on the front lines of the coronavirus response, their contributions to the health and well-being of our citizenry have been exponentially magnified. On National Nurses’ Day, we honor and celebrate the extraordinary men and women who devote themselves to this vital and noble profession.”
Nursing is not nearly a vocation, it’s a special calling to serve others selflessly, particularly in times when help is needed most. Throughout our nation’s history, in times of war, natural disaster, medical emergencies and both epidemics and pandemics, nurses have rushed in undaunted by danger, personal sacrifice and discomfort, to provide help, hope and healing for people in need.
As our nation gives whole-hearted thanks to the nation’s largest healthcare profession — with more than 3.8 million registered nurses — let’s consider what kind of advice Florence Nightingale might give if added the role of Financial Advisor to her first-calling. Because, after all, nurses and financial advisors both care deeply about the well-being of those entrusted to their care.
Here are some financial thoughts of a nurse:
What good is wealth without health? Too many people don’t realize that taking care of themselves physically leads to better financials tomorrow.
Planning for retirement should start in your early 20’s, if not before. Why? Because you develop a good healthy habits early, and health governs the quality of life long before retirement, and certainty after.
A report from The Institute of Medicine entitled “US Health and International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health” gives reasons for concern.
Think about your goals and aspirations. Your future depends on good health for you, and for the people you love and care for.
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