National Nurses Week is May 6-12 and is about celebrating nurses and all the ways nurses are making a difference in the lives of patients and communities.
The National Nurses Week 2015 theme “Ethical Practice. Quality Care.” recognizes the importance of ethics in nursing and acknowledges the strong commitment, compassion and care nurses display in their practice and profession. The theme is an important part of the American Nurses Association (ANA) 2015 Year of Ethics outreach to promote and advocate for the rights, health and safety of nurses and patients.
In 1981, ANA, along with various nursing organizations, rallied to support a resolution initiated by nurses in New Mexico, through their Congressman, Manuel Lujan, to have May 6, 1982, established as “National Recognition Day for Nurses.”
In 1990, the ANA Board of Directors expanded the recognition of nurses to a week-long celebration, declaring May 6-12, 1991, as National Nurses Week. And in 1993, the dates of May 6-12 were designated as permanent dates to observe National Nurses’ Week. May 12 being the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, recognized as the founder of modern nursing.
The New Mexico Nurses Education Association is providing a work shop available for nurses in Northern New Mexico. Ethics and Nursing Practice 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 11 at the Hotel Santa Fe. The guest speaker is Martha Turner, ANA Assistant Director, Center for Ethics and Human Rights.
Complete information and registration is available at 505.660.3890 or 505.471.3324.
Los Alamos District 9 Nurses appreciates the support for all nurses in their many practice settings from our community.