This week is the American Nurses Association’s National Nurses Week. The 2017 theme, “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit,” celebrates nurses who lead the charge for health and wellness.
Compass recognizes the vital role nurses play in the mission toward providing safe, quality patient care, and we thank them for their tireless service and dedication.
About National Nurses Week
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896. Each of ANA’s state and territorial nurses associations promotes the nursing profession at the state and regional levels. Each conducts celebrations on these dates to recognize the contributions that nurses and nursing make to the community.
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.
As described in an ANA press release:
“Our focus on improving the health of America’s nurses goes beyond self-care,” said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “Every time a nurse interacts with a patient, he or she has an opportunity to be a role model for good health. And a healthy nurse is more likely to talk to a patient about how to get healthy, and is more credible when promoting those behaviors. That’s how nurses can help change the health of America.”
Visit the ANA’s website to read more about the history of Nurses Week and download a resource toolkit to help your organization celebrate its nurses.
About the American Nurses Association
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.6 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all.