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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 Nurses Leading the Way as the theme for 2014. 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. This year, Chi Eta Phi sorority is celebrating National Nurses Week in two ways. First, all nurses are encouraged to wear the pin received symbolizing the completion of their nursing program. Whereas nurses no longer receive caps at the end of the probationary period, they do receive a pin upon program completion. Each school has its own pin. Nurses are encouraged to wear these pins during National Nurses Week and when asked, share information about the school they graduated from and tell what they do as nurses.
“Nurses are leading the way in many aspects of health care,” said Denise Jordan, historian, for the local chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. “You will find us at the bedside, in the boardroom, and in legislative arenas. We’re in the community, in educational and research settings, managing clinics or our own practices. Today, we do it all. And, as the Affordable Care Act is more fully implemented, you will see nurses doing more.”
The other, more formal, celebration of National Nurses Week takes the form of Chi Eta Phi Sorority’s 3rd Annual Go Red for Women Heart Health Awareness Fashion Luncheon being held on Saturday, May 10 from 11 to 1:30 at Kingston Care Center located at 1010 W. Washington Center Road.
“The Go Red for Women Heart Health Awareness Fashion Luncheon is just one way that we are leading the way in the Fort Wayne community,” said Phyllis Bragg, vice-president of the local chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority. “This is our opportunity to teach about heart health and work for a healthier community. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and we want to make sure they know it!”
The luncheon also is set to feature a historical display recognizing nurses and nursing week. Tickets for the luncheon are $15 and seating is limited. Advance registration is required.
For more information, contact Denise Jordan at (260) 804-1594 or Phyllis Bragg at (260) 750-2074.