National Nurses Week runs through Saturday, May 12.

If you know a nurse in West Michigan or have ever received excellent care from a nurse, join us in thanking nurses for the important work they do!

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says this year's theme for National Nurses Week is "Nurses Inspire, Innovate, Influence."

Yes, they do.

Today, there are more than 170,000 licensed nurses in Michigan. Nurses practice in healthcare, community and educational settings. They can also work independently within their practice depending on their training and credentials.

If you or someone you know is interested in a career in nursing, there are 72 board-approved nursing schools in Michigan.

Thank you, nurses!