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LANDSTUHL, Germany — It’s time to take care of the people who take care of you when you’re hurting.

More than 400 nurses are expected to participate in National Nurses Week at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

Each year, National Nurses Week starts Saturday and ends May 12, which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale is credited with founding the nursing profession. Landstuhl has celebrated National Nurses Week for at least the past 10 years.

The festivities begin at 9 a.m. with a Volksmarch that starts in the village of Ramstein. On Monday, an appreciation breakfast is scheduled in the Landstuhl dining facility. And nurses working the night shift on Wednesday will be treated to cappuccino served on the wards.

On Thursday, nurses will be able to receive 10-minute massages from roving patrols that will be visiting the wards.

The week culminates Friday with the main event — the litter race. Because the theme is “Nurses are superheroes,” organizers are hoping the teams decorate their litters in accordance with the theme.

Teams of four will race through a course holding a stretcher or litter, but this year the teams will have to exhibit grace in addition to speed. A fifth person will serve as a “patient” or “egg” on the litter during the race.

“They’ll have to make it through the course with their ‘egg’ on their litter,” said Army Lt. Col. Gerri Cherry, chief of ambulatory nursing at Landstuhl. Following the 4:30 p.m. litter race, awards recognizing excellence in nursing will be bestowed at the Landstuhl Combined Club.

Not only is the goal of the week to recognize and increase overall awareness about nursing, but the aim is to highlight the diversity in nursing, Cherry said. Nurses work in a variety of fields, including labor and delivery, pediatrics, ambulatory and critical care, she said.

“Everybody will come out to showcase what we do in nursing,” Cherry said.

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