Every day, many of the students in our nursing programs touch the hearts and improve the health of those in need. As nurses, they are often the healthcare professionals with whom patients and their families interact most. Yet many patients don’t realize the variety and importance of the roles nurses hold as leaders throughout the healthcare field.
That’s part of the reason why we at South University and many others across the nation celebrate National Nurses Week (sponsored by the American Nurses Association, or ANA) annually from May 6 to May 12. During National Nurses Week, we set aside time to applaud the hard work ofthese caregivers and honor the full range of their contributions—including their diverse responsibilities as clinicians, administrators, researchers, educators and policymakers.
The 2014 theme, “Nurses: Leading the Way,” recognizes nurses as leaders at the bedside, in the boardroom, in front of classrooms, throughout communities and in the halls of government. “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.”
What You Can Do
As National Nurses Week fast approaches, we call on you -- our students, alumni and other community members -- to help us pay tribute to the nurses who have inspired you and impacted your lives or the lives of others you know. To participate, recognize or thank a nurse on our Facebook page during National Nurses Week (May 6-May 12, 2014) or email us your story today at _SUStudentStories@southuniversity.edu, and, with your permission, your words may be featured on our blog.