Time to Celebrate – Happy National Nurses Week, May 6 – 12, 2012
Dear ANA Member,
As a nurse, you strive for excellence in all you do. You provide patients and their families with skilled, compassionate care, and help them navigate a complex and oftentimes overwhelming health care system. Regardless of your role or title, you educate, counsel, advocate, and lead. Your work makes a difference to countless patients, families, and communities who benefit from your dedication and professionalism. Amid the fast pace of your life, you may not take time to reflect on all the good you do. This week is the time to acknowledge and celebrate the difference you make.
May 6 to May 12 is National Nurses Week, an opportunity to recognize the contributions of the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses and educate the public about the vital role we play in America’s health care system. This week, the American Nurses Association, with its constituent and state nurses associations, honors your commitment to nursing.
This year’s theme is Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring. During this pivotal time in our nation’s journey to transform health care, the theme is particularly meaningful. We continue to advocate for a system that puts patients at the center and that emphasizes prevention and wellness. We are identified as leaders who can improve practice environments in the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report. We demonstrate our caring every day, not only in our interactions with patients, but by our integrity. That is why the public ranked us as the most trusted profession for honesty and ethics for the 12th time in a Gallup survey.
Last month, nurses added their support to the White House’s Joining Forces initiative, where we will put advocating, leading, and caring into action on behalf of military service members, veterans, and their families. Hundreds of nursing organizations and colleges have committed to improve every nurse’s awareness and competency in handling cases of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and depression.
Nursing is a challenging and rewarding profession. I encourage you to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. Doing so will allow you to be fully present for your patients and their families. ANA has developed a range of resources for you as part of our Healthy Nurse program, and our Healthy Nurse Conference™ on June 14 offers a unique opportunity to join with other nurses who understand the challenges of incorporating healthy habits into our busy lives.
Thank you for advocating, leading, and caring and for supporting your professional association. Together, we can deliver the advocacy and leadership to create higher-quality, more efficient health care for everyone.
Enjoy the week!
With sincere appreciation,
Karen A. Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
P.S. Find out more about National Nurses Week activities.
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Secretary Sebelius Statement in Honor of National Nurses Week 2012
05/04/2012 01:01 AM EDT
During National Nurses Week, we recognize the tremendous contributions that nurses make to keeping America healthy. As passionate advocates, leaders and innovators for better health, America’s nurses have demonstrated their commitment to meeting the public’s health care needs.
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HRSA and National Nurses Week – Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN Celebration Message
National Nurses Week, May 6-12, provides a wonderful opportunity to recognize the multitude of ways the nursing profession contributes to the health of the nation. This is an exceptionally exciting time for nursing in our country, and today, with the Affordable Care Act, the work nurses do is more important than ever.
To celebrate National Nurses Week, The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has created a webpage where you’ll find a number of useful tools including:
* A video of Secretary Sebelius and Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN, HRSA Administrator, talking about nurses and the Affordable Care Act
* An infographic, highlighting some of HRSA’s programs
* Links to HRSA’s nursing education and training programs, scholarship and loan repayment programs, and other resources.
On behalf of HRSA, and we hope you’ll take the time to visit http://www.hrsa.gov/ourstories/nursesweek/ and share this information widely with your students, through your networks, and with other colleagues in the nursing community.
On behalf of the ANA Government Affairs Team, to reiterate much of what President Karen Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN said: Thank you for advocating, leading, and caring. Also thank you for supporting your ANA and the legislative/regulatory/political work we do on behalf of nurses and patients. Together, we can work to achieve the vision of safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable health care for everyone.
Enjoy the week!