FORT WAYNE—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 and Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. supports and encourages National Nurses Week recognition programs through the state and district nurses associations, other specialty nursing organizations, educational facilities and independent healthcare 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. During this week, Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. will honor registered nurses and undergraduate student nurses in Fort Wayne with a tea held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 in the large meeting room at the Pontiac Branch Library. Sylvia Page, BSN, MBA, RN will be recognized in the area of Innovation; Shalon Johnson-Taylor BSN, RN will be recognized in the area of Quality, and Stella Goodman ASN, RN, will be recognized in the area of Caring.
ANA, through its state and constituent member associations and Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and lobbying Congress and the regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
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.
This article originally appeared in our May 8, 2013 issue.