MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) -

Governor Scott Walker proclaimed Thursday, May 8 as Nurse Appreciation Day.

There are 81,000 Registered Nurses and 13,500 Licensed Practical Nurses working in Wisconsin.

“The nurses of today are leaders in health care, and are often the first line of defense in life-saving situations,” Governor Walker said in a statement.  “As primary care evolves, nurses are using their diverse skills, training, and unique abilities to improve the lives of their patients, and I would like to recognize the commitment and efforts of the invaluable members in this ever-changing profession.  With more than 94,000 nurses in the state, we are lucky to have such caring individuals looking over us when we need them, even working nights, weekends, and holidays.  Thank you, to all of those who champion the good health of our state.”