As a registered nurse with 57 years of experience, I want to let readers know that May 6th through the 12th is National Nurses Week 2015. During this week, national celebrations are occurring to thank nursing professionals for their tireless efforts in caring for patients in all clinical areas. In fact, On Wednesday May 6 nurses will gather at Fenway Park and be honored in a pregame ceremony.
Massachusetts’ 120,000 plus active registered nurses compassionately provide excellent health care to all the citizens of our Commonwealth. The vital contributions of nurses is paramount to the success of our health care system in improving lives of Americans. In the increasingly more complicated health landscape it is important to remember that it is the nurse who is with you when you are born, in your schools and workplace, and at the end of life.
For thirteen consecutive years, Gallup polls ranked Nursing as the most honorable and ethical profession. This year’s Nurses week theme is “My Patient, My Code, My Practice: Ethical Decision-making and Action”. Nurses are on the front line of healthcare. We are the voice of patients, when patients cannot speak for themselves and we are the first person they look to for comfort.
Please take a minute out of your busy week to thank a registered nurse for all they do.
Nancy M. Prescott