Patients often recognize that a nurse is the health care professional with whom they and their families have the most direct contact. But they might not realize that nurses also are leaders in improving the quality of care and expanding access to care. That’s why May 6-12 is celebrated as National Nurses Week, an annual opportunity for communities to recognize the full range of nurses’ contributions.
This year’s theme, “Nurses: Leading the Way,” recognizes nurses as leaders at the bedside, in the boardroom, throughout communities and in the halls of government. The public holds nurses in high regard and trusts them to advocate for patients. For the past 12 years, the public has ranked nursing as the top profession for honesty and ethics in an annual Gallup survey.
“All nurses are leaders, whether they are in direct patient care, administrative roles, care coordinators or wellness coaches,” said David Bixler, CEO of Daviess Community Hospital. “This week, we acknowledge nurses’ vast contributions and how they are leading the way in improving health care for those of us in southern Indiana and ultimately, the health of the nation.”
Daviess Community Hospital Nurses will kick off the week with the “Second Annual Nursing Services Walk” on Sunday, at 1 p.m. The walking route is from the hospital to Eastside Park and back to the hospital. Many other fun events are planned throughout the week to celebrate our nurses and to bring public awareness to this vital group of care providers.