ANA Underscores Importance of Nursing Profession During National Nurses Week (2/22)

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February 22, 2007

Mary McNamara, 301-628-5198
Mary Stewart, 301-628-5038

The American Nurses Association Underscores Importance of Nursing Profession During National Nurses Week

Silver Spring, MD - The American Nurses Association (ANA) has announced the theme of National Nurses Week 2007, "Nursing: A Profession and a Passion." This special week honoring nurses is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

"Nursing is often described as an art and a science, this year's theme reflects the dual characteristics that are equally vital to a nursing professional," said ANA President Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR. "Today's registered nurses are devoted care givers as well as responsible professionals. During National Nurses Week, we want to honor the men and women who chose this challenging and rewarding career."

To assist nurses' with the ever changing demands of their profession, ANA is hosting its first policy conference, Nursing Care in Life, Death and Disaster, scheduled for June 20-22, 2007. The conference focuses on the significant health preparedness policy questions related to standards of care provided during a major disaster. With input from nurses, ANA will develop guidance dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of care during a crisis.

During National Nurses Week, ANA reaffirms its commitment to improve the quality of health care and the working conditions of nurses. The growing shortage of RNs poses a real threat to the nation's health care system and the public's health, and ANA is dedicated to fighting for a workplace environment that will encourage current nurses to continue in their careers, and inspire young men and women to consider nursing as a profession.

Annually, National Nurses Week focuses on highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses 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.

For more information on National Nurses Week, go to

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The ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 2.9 million registered nurses through its 54 constituent member nurses associations. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

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