“Nurses: Leading the Way” Is Theme of National Nurses Week
National Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 6 to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. It marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale (1820 – 1910).
On this historic day, we at Dakota Travel Nurse Home Care (DTNHC) honor and show appreciation to our nurses, who are helping to “Keep Home an Option,” and who so tirelessly give of their time and many talents to improve the quality of life of our patients. We individually thank these caring people who currently work for us:
Trina Bercier Michele Boyer Joan Cottrell Helen Cupido
Kari Dahlstrom Judy Dalzell Adriana Dean Kristie Escott
Michele Meske Ardys Olson Mary Rebenitsch Gretchen Rudman
Gretchen Rudman Charlene Seifert Jeralynne Wiege Marcie Felt
Bree Jahnke Chasidey Johnson Wendi Johnston Vane Kinara
Brandi Krause Pamela Lee
“Advocating, leading, caring” is the slogan of the American Nursing Association (ANA). DTNHC nurses live up to this slogan on a daily basis.
National Nurses Week is one of the nation’s largest health care events, recognizing the contributions and commitments nurses make and educating the public about the significant work they perform. The ANA supports and encourages National Nurses Week through state and district nurses associations, educational facilities, and independent health care companies and institutions. The week-long celebration is designed to accommodate the variety of schedules nurses are required to work.
National Nurses Week recognizes nurses’ leadership
Patients often recognize that a nurse is the health care professional with whom they and their families have the most direct contact. But they might not realize that nurses also are leaders in improving the quality of care and expanding access to care. National Nurses Week as an annual opportunity for communities to recognize the full range of nurses’ contributions.
This year’s theme, “Nurses: Leading the Way,” recognizes nurses as leaders at the bedside, in the boardroom, throughout communities and in the halls of government. The public holds nurses in high regard and trusts them to advocate for patients. For the past 12 years, the public has ranked nursing as the top profession for honesty and ethics in an annual Gallup survey.
“All nurses are leaders, whether they are in direct patient care, administrative roles, or meeting consumers’ needs in new roles such as care coordinators or wellness coaches,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley. “This week, we acknowledge nurses’ vast contributions and how they are leading the way in improving health care and ultimately, the health of the nation.”
Do you know:
- Nursing is the nation’s largest health care profession, with nearly three million employed professionals.
- Nursing is projected to grow faster than all other occupations: The federal government projects more than one million new RNs will be needed by 2022 to fill new jobs and replace RNs who leave the profession.
- Demand for nursing care will grow rapidly as Baby Boomers swell Medicare enrollment by 50 percent by 2025 and millions of individuals obtain new or better access to care under the health care reform law.
- Nurses are rapidly creating and expanding new job roles – such as nurse navigators, care coordinator specialists, and nurse wellness coaches — to help patients secure resources, obtain seamless comprehensive care, and develop healthy lifestyle practices.
As the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, nurses will be more crucial than ever, leading efforts to expand primary care at community-based clinics and deliver more efficient and cost-effective care as members of collaborative health care teams. Increasingly, nurses with advanced degrees, such as nurse practitioners, are providing primary care services and managing chronic illnesses. Studies show patients are highly satisfied with their services and are experiencing outcomes comparable to those of physician services.
DTNHC says “Thank you!” to our nurses and to nurses everywhere for the important contribution they make to the health of all of us!
by Beverly Unrath, DTNHC Vice President