Yesterday was the official start of National Nurses Week – a chance to honor and recognize the women and men who play such a critical role in health and healthcare across Arizona and around our country. There will be many opportunities to celebrate those nurses at all levels with May 8th being National Student Nurse Day and Friday being Florence Nightingale’s 199th birthday.
Nurses spend more time with patients than any other health care provider, and they have unique insights about the interplay among the factors that affect patient care. They bring an important voice and point of view to management and policy discussions. They are in a perfect position to empower families to perform the caretaker’s role, and they are strong patient advocates.
While we are saluting nurses for their incredible contributions, the nurses themselves use this week to develop new strategies to improve care. That is right in step with the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association’s focus on how we can fundamentally change the conversation around care. Nurses across Arizona are making a difference in the lives of patients and caregivers. Here are just two of their stories:
“I do this because this is my home”
“I knew what kind of nurse I wanted to be”
We applaud nurses, not only for their invaluable work, but for their dedication to finding new ways to face the health challenges they encounter every day. Without nurses, we realize we would never be able to reach our long-term goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation. And we want to take this opportunity, on the eve of National Nurses Week, to say a heartfelt – thank you!