Nurses Week 2022
Today marks the start of National Nurses Week, which is celebrated May 6-12 each year. It is anchored by National Nurses Day on May 6 and culminates on the birthdate of Florence Nightingale, considered the founder of modern nursing, who was born May 12, 1820.
In the annual Gallup poll of the most trusted professions, nurses are once again at the very top, with a record 89% of respondents across all ages, genders, races and political affiliations giving nurses the highest ratings for honesty and ethics. This is the 20th straight year that nurses have topped the poll, with physicians and pharmacists rounding out the top three. While it is a remarkable achievement, it is not surprising at all for those who interact with nurses each day. Nurses are the backbone of modern healthcare.
Nurses provide care in many settings – including hospitals, offices, clinics, schools and many workplaces. They serve patients in residential and long-term care facilities and are indispensable in home care. They serve with the armed forces as well as in academic and research roles. They are highly respected as healthcare administrators, and they serve as leaders and teachers in nursing and medical schools. They are advocates for patients and public health issues at all levels of government. The nursing profession has more than 200 specialties, each with certifying boards and standards.
Nurses are widely regarded as "ministering angels" who care for their patients with compassion and grace. They are also highly regarded as skilled and effective professionals in the delivery of excellent care resulting in optimal patient health. These qualities are readily observed in the thousands of nurses who serve in Adventist HealthCare.
The past two years have been extraordinarily difficult for nurses as they have served at the leading edge of the response to COVID-19. Moreover, nurses have continued to provide exemplary care and leadership through the ongoing pandemic. During this time, nurses have persevered – often at great personal risk to their own health and wellness. Words do not convey the gratitude I have for their service.
Clara Barton, who was a nurse during the US Civil War and founded the American Red Cross, once claimed "a faith in the possibility of something better." I have often observed that positive, hopeful spirit in our nurses.
To all nurses – thank you! In powerful and personal ways, you embody the trust given to the nursing profession. During Nurses Week, we honor you and all that you do for our organization, for the ministry of healing that you extend to our patients and community, and for your vital role in fulfilling our Mission. Thank you, and may God bless you in your life and work.