Nurses, this is your week! Celebrated annually from May 6, National Nurses Day, through May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday, National Nurses Week recognizes the significant impact of nurses across the nation. This year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected the theme of "Nurses: Leading the Way."
National Nurses Week honors the important work nurses do as leaders in diverse roles, such as clinicians, administrators, researchers, educators, and policymakers. Whether they are leaders at the bedside, in the boardroom, within communities, or in the government, nurses are continuously improving the quality of care, expanding access to care, and advocating for patients.
“All nurses are leaders, whether they are in direct patient care, administrative roles, or meeting consumers’ needs in new roles such as care coordinators or wellness coaches,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN. “This week, we acknowledge nurses’ vast contributions and how they are leading the way in improving health care and ultimately, the health of the nation.”
As the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, nurses will be more crucial than ever, leading efforts to expand primary care at community-based clinics and deliver more efficient and cost-effective care as members of collaborative health care teams.
- Nursing is the nation’s largest health care profession, with nearly three million employed professionals.
- Nursing is projected to grow faster than all other occupations: The federal government projects more than one million new RNs will be needed by 2022 to fill new jobs and replace RNs who leave the profession.
- Demand for nursing care will grow rapidly as Baby Boomers swell Medicare enrollment by 50 percent by 2025 and millions of individuals obtain new or better access to care under the health care reform law.
- Nurses are rapidly creating and expanding new job roles, such as nurse navigators, care coordinator specialists, and nurse wellness coaches, to help patients secure resources, obtain seamless comprehensive care, and develop healthy lifestyle practices.
- Increasingly, nurses with advanced degrees, such as nurse practitioners, are providing primary care services and managing chronic illnesses.
Please join us this week in celebrating every remarkable nurse who's leading the way to a better world!