Have you thanked a nurse lately? National Nurses week begins tomorrow May 6th and runs through May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. Florence Nightingale is known for changing the face of healthcare after she and her nursing team worked to reduce the unsanitary conditions in a British Hospital during the Crimean War. History of National Nurses Week. California Coast Uniform, Inc. and its staff would like to thank the 3.1 million nurses for their hard work and commitment to their patients healthcare.