This week marks a terrific time of year, as we turn our attention to one of our most critical professions – and one of our colleges – and celebrate people who are caring, committed, and critical to the delivery of high-quality care in our country and our world.
You might rightly observe that that description could apply to all of our colleges, but this week we’re focusing on our friends in the College of Graduate Nursing. National Nurses Week, which begins today, May 6, and runs through Tuesday, May 12, is sponsored by the American Nurses Association (ANA), and celebrates the role nurses play in delivering the highest level of care to their patients. The National Nurses Week 2015 theme, “Ethical Practice. Quality Care,” recognizes the importance of ethics in nursing and acknowledges the commitment, compassion, and care nurses display in their practice and profession. The theme is an important part of ANA’s 2015 Year of Ethics outreach to promote and advocate for the rights, health and safety of nurses, and patients.
The week is an offshoot of National Nurses Day, which though informally observed for many years, did not become a permanent day of recognition until a proclamation making it so was signed by President Reagan in 1982. The ANA expanded the recognition to a week in 1990, and in 1993 designated May 6-12 as permanent dates to observe National Nurses Week each year. I should note that in 1997, at the request of the National Student Nurses Association, the ANA Board of Directors designated May 8 as National Student Nurses Day.
At WesternU, CGN will celebrate with several events, including breakfast and dessert functions, a weeklong raffle, and a screening of “The American Nurse,” a film that explores some of the biggest issues facing America – aging, war, poverty, prisons – through the work and lives of nurses. The screening will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today, May 6, in HEC Building Classroom A. Tickets are $8 for students and nurses, and $10 for the public; proceeds will go to local and international charities.
Nurses are often the unsung heroes of the health professions, working across disciplines and in a vast array of clinical environments to provide care wherever it is needed the most. I know you will join me in celebrating them, not only during their special week, but throughout the year and through the many encounters you will have with them as health care practitioners, patients, community members, and friends.
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My best to you all,