Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways
America's 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to
improve the health of millions of individuals. This year, the American
Nurses Association (ANA) has selected "Delivering Quality and Innovation
in Patient Care” as the theme for 2013. The ANA supports and encourages
National Nurses Week recognition programs through the state and district
nurses associations, other specialty nursing organizations, educational
facilities, and independent health care companies and institutions.
During this week, St. John’s registered nurses will be honored at
a special brunch and receive special gifts commemorating their important
work. 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.
In addition, St. John’s nurses recognized this special week with
two awards to hospital partners who provide support in caring for patients.
Gerry Katz, MD, Chief of Medicine and Hospitalist at St. John’s Medical
Center, was voted by the nursing staff as a friend of nursing because
he takes the time to dialogue with nurses, is open to questions, approachable,
accessible and a joy to work with. The nurses noted his great kindness
to patients and staff.
Housekeeping won the team award because they consistently respond quickly
to requests for assistance and are always checking with nursing to see
what needs to be done next.
Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse
ways in which registered nurses, who comprise 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.