National Nurses Week is filled with events to honor nurses across the country, including the more than 10,000 that call Alaska home.

Beth Farnstrom and Susan Bain with the Alaska Nurses Association joined Daybreak on Wednesday to discuss the week.

"Long days and it's very rewarding," said Farnstrom, as she began to describe what working as a nurse was like to her. "We do make a difference in everybody's life. We enjoy every day of what we can provide for our citizens."

National Nurses Week is in dedication to Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Farnstrom explained what it meant to have a week dedicated to appreciating the nurses around the country.

"We have gone through a lot of emotional times and some days we're very exhausted and we just need the support of other nurses, to know, they know how we feel."

On Wednesday, the 49th State Brewing Company is holding the event "Nursing Narratives", where several local nurses will share a personal experience from their career, telling stories to the theme of "Life, death, and everything in between."

On Thursday, hospitals will be offering free coffee. For nurses at Providence in Anchorage that will be available from 6-9 a.m. on the PAMC campus between PS2 and the Maternity building.

There's a banquet on Friday, May 11, at the Anchorage Museum. It will feature keynote speaker, Sharon Liska, who will speak on a topic titled "When did it become okay to abuse your nurse?"

On Saturday, May 12, there's a 5K at Hilltop Chalet in Anchorage starting at 10 a.m.

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