The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is joining the American Nurses Association (ANA) and American Nurses Association-Michigan (ANA-Michigan) in recognizing Michigan’s nurses during National Nurses Week. This year’s theme, Nurses Leading the Way, is a celebration of the ways registered nurses strive to provide safe, high-quality patient care while developing comprehensive strategies to improve our healthcare system.
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6, Nurses Day, and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. The purpose of the week-long celebration is to raise overall awareness of the value of nursing and to help educate the public about the roles nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of our residents.
“The dedication, commitment, and tireless efforts of the 139,077 registered nurses in Michigan and nearly 3.1 million registered nurses nationwide promote and maintain the health of our residents,” said James K. Haveman, director of the MDCH. “It’s only right that we take time every year, and each day, to recognize and thank registered nurses everywhere for the vital work they provide seven days a week, 365 days a year.”
Throughout the month of May, real Michigan nurses, the roles they play and their career paths are on display on the MDCH Office of Nursing Policy website. In addition, a display is currently on exhibit through May 12 in the Michigan Capitol Building highlighting the work of a handful of Michigan’s nurses who are Leading the Way. Michigan residents can visit the display in Room 53 – the exhibit room – of the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich.
Nurses practice in a diverse array of healthcare and educational settings and are differentiated from other providers by their approach to patient care and training. Additionally, they perform independently and interprofessionally within their scope of practice and dependent upon their training and their advanced and specialized credentials. There are currently 64 schools in Michigan offering nursing programs.
For more information about National Nurses Week in Michigan, visit http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2946_66405-319476--,00.html. For a list of Michigan Board of Nursing approved programs, visit www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-35299_63294_27529_27542-182977--,00.html.