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Nurses: it’s time to take a bow.

May 12 is International Nurses Day, and throughout the day, health organizations, government agencies, and community organizations are recognizing nursing professionals for their unwavering dedication to the health of our communities. We are especially grateful to the nurses who served New Yorkers over the past year, as each of them went above and beyond to perform their duties in professional and empathic ways throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

And so, on behalf of the New York City Department of Education, we thank all of our nurses, including the dedicated medical professionals in the DOE’s Office of School Health, for their outstanding work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic across the five boroughs. Whether they were in hospital settings caring directly for patients, in City testing centers screening residents, or in health clinics administering vaccines, NYC nurses have served in the front lines of this pandemic since the very beginning—and it is because of their bravery and commitment that we are now finally beginning to turn the corner on COVID-19.

GIF of nurse standing with arms crossed and a cape blowing in the wind behind her

The Morning Bell

Official blog for the NYC Department of Education, home of over 1.1 million students across 1,800+ schools

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NYC Department of Education, 2019