Thursday, May 05, 2011
Memorial Hospital Celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12
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 "Nurses Trusted to Care" as the theme for 2011. 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.
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.
Nursing Week seeks to advance nursing by recognizing the high standards of the nursing profession, while promoting a positive and realistic view of nurses and their contribution to the welfare of our community.
“Nursing is not just a career, it’s a calling. It takes a special individual, one with compassion and selflessness, to dedicate their lives to serving others in need,” said Marilyn McSwain, Chief Nursing Officer for Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and Memorial for Women. “As the largest healthcare system in Lake Charles, we are honored to have the highest caliber of nurses at our hospitals.”
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 dedicated to meeting the challenges of the expanding health care needs of American society.