May 05, 2004
"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 will be honored by a host of national events. In honor of National Nurses Week and RN Recognition Day, registered nurses around the country are encouraged to wear their official school pin or a "RN Pin." In addition to wearing the pins, nurses will be encouraged to dress in traditional 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. For more information, go to www.CovertheUninsuredWeek.org.
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.
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