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Whiteman Air Force Base celebrates International Nurses Day

Staff Sgt. Luis Gomez, a 509th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, sits in front of medical equipment May 6, 2020, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.

Staff Sgt. Luis Gomez, a 509th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, sits in front of medical equipment May 6, 2020, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. May 6 through May 12 is National Nurses and Medical Technicians Week. Nurses and medical technicians work behind the scenes ordering and renewing medicine, reading and communicating test results, and relaying and providing health information and education to patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Lauren Nicholson, a 509th Medical Operations Squadron registered nurse, uses a stethoscope to listen to the heartbeat of a training dummy May 6, 2020, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.

Lauren Nicholson, a 509th Medical Operations Squadron registered nurse, uses a stethoscope to listen to the heartbeat of a training dummy May 6, 2020, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. May 6 through May 12 is National Nurses and Medical Technicians Week. Nurses and medical technicians work behind the scenes ordering and renewing medicine, reading and communicating test results, and relaying and providing health information and education to patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Airman 1st Class Ashley Evans, a Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, stands in front of medical equipment May 6, 2020, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.

Airman 1st Class Ashley Evans, a Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, stands in front of medical equipment May 6, 2020, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. May 6 through May 12 is National Nurses and Medical Technicians Week. Nurses and medical technicians work behind the scenes ordering and renewing medicine, reading and communicating test results, and relaying and providing health information and education to patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- International Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 12 to raise awareness of the critical role nurses play in society. International Nurses Day marks the end of National Nurses and Medical Technicians Week, which starts on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday, who is widely known as the founder of modern nursing. For the U.S. military, it is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of the women and men serving as nurses since the American Revolution to today. Nurses and medical technicians work behind the scenes ordering and renewing medicine, reading and communicating test results, and relaying and providing health information and education to patients. For more than two centuries, military nurses have served America, ensuring that those in uniform are medically ready to deploy anywhere around the globe on a moment’s notice.