Celebrating Leaders in Clinical Excellence

National Nurses Week is a time for everyone – individuals, employers, other health care professionals, community leaders, and nurses – to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses. Each year, the celebration ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

As health care becomes more specialized with different types of provider types, higher acuity in various settings, increased technology, primary care physicians and specialists and interdisciplinary team members – one profession provides the continuity across the continuum – Nursing!

Nurses continue to play a pivotal role in quality patient care and outcomes. Nurses are the patient advocate, working with the patient, family and all health care professionals for smooth transitions of care.

The role of nursing is rapidly evolving as nursing professionals are tasked with an even wider range of responsibilities in the new health care environment. Nursing has become more complex in ways that couldn’t have been imagined a generation ago. Nurses are not only caregivers, but they are teachers, advocates and great innovators – utilizing their expertise and critical thinking abilities to assess and resolve complex situations. Nurses are innovators, influencing change in healthcare. With the change to a value-based approach to care, challenging organizations related to reimbursement and efficiencies, nursing leaders are reshaping care by enhancing clinical processes and competencies with their teams, fostering better outcomes. Empowering the capabilities of their teams unleashes a “gold mine” of talent, skills, and innovation amongst all nurses within an organization!

Every day, nurses continue to promote health and cater to the unique needs of individuals by providing safe and quality care. Many times in our complex health care world, we are wrapped up in day to day operations and complicated regulations and lose sight of the glue of our organization – our professional nurses. They are the heart of health care!

To all of the nurses across the nation, we thank you! Thank you for embracing the new health care environment and all of the changes it brings, reminding us every day why we do what we do – provide excellent care and services to those in need.

Happy Nurses Week!

Donna L. Webb, RN – Chief Operating Officer