CALAIS, Maine — 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. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care” as the theme for 2013.
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, registered nurses at Calais Regional Hospital will be recognized through multiple activities such as raffle drawings for prizes, ice cream sundaes, and celebration of Florence Nightingale. A proclamation signed by the Calais Mayor and Council Members proclaimed the week as “Nurses Week” and urged residents to honor the nurses who provide vital, compassionate care.
ANA, through its state and constituent member associations, advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting economic and general welfare, 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.
Join us as we celebrate our nurses that care for the community from your homes, the provider’s office and in the hospital.