National Nurses Week 2004

National Nurses Week 2004

The work of America’s 2.7 million registered nurses to save lives and to maintain the health of millions of individuals is the focus of this year’s National Nurses Week, celebrated annually May 6-12 throughout the United States.

“Nurses: Your Voice, Your Health, Your Life” is the theme for 2004. National Nurses Week opens on May 6, the traditional National Nurses Day. This year the American Nurses Association (ANA), in conjunction with its Constituent State Nurses Associations, will be recognizing nurses by drawing special attention to nurse staffing issues.

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. During this week, registered nurses in (your city, state, or district) will be honored by (list activities here, such as rallies, community health screenings, childhood immunization efforts, dinners, receptions, hospital events, etc.). These public events will be held (list locations, dates and times).

In honor of National Nurses Week and RN Recognition Day, registered nurses around the country are encouraged to wear the official “RN Pin.” The pin can be purchased by calling 1-800-445-0445. In addition to wearing the RN Pin, nurses will be asked to dress in uniform on that day.

ANA, through its 54 constituent member associations, its Associate Organizational Members (AOMs) and organizational affiliates, advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting economic and general welfare, promoting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and lobbying Congress and the regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

In addition, nurses are encouraged to observe and participate in Cover the Uninsured Week, May 10-16, 2004. Nurses see firsthand the consequences that stem from a lack of health insurance coverage: sicker patients who have postponed needed health care. More than 1,000 events will take place during Cover the Uninsured Week, involving nurses, doctors, union members, business owners, hospitals, members of religious groups, students, grandparents and people from all walks of life and every point of view.

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Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.

Copyright Kansas State Nurses Association Mar 2004

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