UTMB celebrated National Nurses Week with a variety of activities and events honoring and celebrating nurses. These activities take place each year to celebrate nursing and culminate on May 12, International Nurses Day, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birthday. UTMB achieved Magnet Status for Nursing in 2012, placing it among the fewer than 10 percent of hospitals nationally to achieve this distinction. More than half of UTMB's nurses have a specialized certification, a reflection of UTMB's commitment to lifelong learning.