Council Proclaims May 6-13, 2014 ‘National Nurses Week’

On behalf of the Los Alamos County Council, Councilor David Izraelevitz presents Dorothy Crawford a proclamation declaring May 6-13, 2014 as ‘National Nurses Week’ in Los Alamos County. Crawford is a member of the Los Alamos Nurses Association – District #9. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dorothy Crawford speaks to Council about the importance of nurses and their service to others. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council issued a proclamation Tuesday evening declaring May 6-13, 2014 as ‘National Nurses Week’ in Los Alamos County.

Dorothy Crawford of the Los Alamos Nurses Association – District #9, accepted the proclamation on behalf of nurses.

Los Alamos Nurses Association – District #9 is a constituent of the New Mexico and American Nurses Associations is celebrating National Nurses Week with the theme ”Nurses, Leading the Way–.” This year’s theme promotes RN’s leadership as they improve the quality of health care and ultimately the health of the nation.

In 1981, a resolution by Congressman Manuel Lujan (NM) was initiated by nurses in New Mexico to have May 6 declared “National Recognition Day for Nurses.” This proposal was promoted by the ANA Board of Directors and in 1982, with a joint resolution, the United States Congress designated May 6 to be “National Recognition Day for Nurses.”  The proposal was signed by President Reagan, making May 6 the official “National Recognition Day for Nurses.” It was later expanded by the ANA Board of Directors in 1990 to a week-long celebration (May 6-12) known as “National Nurses Week.” May 12 is the birthday of Florence Nightingale the founder of modern Nursing. National Student Nurses Day is celebrated each year on May 8, and as of 2003, the ANA has declared that National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week.

The ANA states nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.

The variety of practice settings of the registered and licensed nursing profession meets the different and emerging health care needs of the Los Alamos and neighboring  populations in a wide range of settings, including hospital, home health, hospice, long term care, rehabilitation, schools, clinics, physician’s office, public health, occupational health, nursing education ,and other specialties.

The Los Alamos County Council is issuing a Proclamation for National Nurses Week on Tuesday May 6 and asks that all residents of this community join them in honoring the registered and licensed nurses who live and work in Los Alamos to care for all of us.

 

Proclamation Declaring May 6-13, 2014 as “National Nurses Week” in Los Alamos County:
 
WHEREAS: Nearly 3.1 million registered nurses work in the United States – our nation’s largest health care profession; and
 
WHEREAS: the depth and breadth of the registered and licensed nursing profession meets the different and emerging health care needs of Los Alamos and neighboring populations in a wide range of settings – including hospital, home health, hospice, long-term care, rehabilitation, schools, clinics, physician’s offices, public health, occupational health, nursing education and other specialties; and
 
WHEREAS: A renewed emphasis on primary and preventive health care will require the better utilization of all of our nation’s registered nursing resources; and
 
WHEREAS: The demand for registered nursing services will be greater than ever because of the aging American population, the continuing expansion of life-sustaining technology, and the explosive growth of home healthcare services; and
 
WHEREAS: More qualified registered nurses will be needed in the future to meet the increasingly complex needs of health care consumers in this community; and
 
WHEREAS: The cost-effective, safe and quality health care services provided by registered nurses will be an ever more important component of the U.S. health care delivery system in the future; and
 
WHEREAS: Along with the American Nurses Association, the New Mexico Nurses Association has declared the Week of May 6-12 as National Nurses Week with the theme “Nurses: Leading the Way”;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby proclaim the Week of May 6 – 12, 2014 as
 
“NATIONAL NURSES WEEK” in Los Alamos County, to say “thank you” to our registered and licensed nurses. We celebrate the ways in which they strive to provide safe and high-quality patient care – mapping out the way to improve our health care system, and we ask our community to honor, applaud and recognize them not just during this special week, but at every opportunity throughout the year.
 
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