Page 2 • RN Idaho May, June, July 2018 from the President continued from page 1 foundation is unique in that it prepares us to be successful caregivers, team members, contributors, and leaders in any situation. I encourage you to take a moment this Nurses Week 2018 and honor yourself for your hard work, dedication, intelligence, professionalism, success and for the tremendous meaningful impact you and your colleagues have made in this world. We also pause to celebrate all that is to come as we continue to be present, be thoughtful, offer guidance, support, education, and care in all that we do every day! Here is a glimpse of the amazing path our country has taken toward celebrating nurses at a national level. Enjoy this summary of how Nurses Week became a national event, posted by ANA Enterprise at nursingworld.org (2018). A Brief History of National Nurses Week: 1953 Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower to proclaim a “Nurse Day” in October of the following year. The proclamation was never made. 1954 National Nurse Week was observed from October 11-16. The year of the observance marked the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. Representative Frances P. Bolton sponsored the bill for a nurse week. Apparently, a bill for a National Nurse Week was introduced in the 1955 Congress, but no action was taken. Congress discontinued its practice of joint resolutions for national weeks of various kinds. 1972 Again a resolution was presented by the House of Representatives for the President to proclaim “National Registered Nurse Day.” It did not occur. JOIN US ON SOCIAL MEDIA LIKE US ON FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/IdahoNursesAssociation/ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AT @IDAHONURSES 1974 In January of that year, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) proclaimed that May 12 would be “International Nurse Day.” (May 12 is the birthday of Florence Nightingale.) Since 1965, the ICN has celebrated “International Nurse Day.” 1974 In February of that year, a week was designated by the White House as National Nurse Week, and President Nixon issued a proclamation. 1978 New Jersey Governor Brendon Byrne declared May 6 as “Nurses Day.” Edward Scanlan, of Red Bank, N.J., took up the cause to perpetuate the recognition of nurses in his state. Mr. Scanlan had this date listed in Chase’s Calendar of Annual Events. He promoted the celebration on his own. 1981 ANA, along with various nursing organizations, rallied to support a resolution initiated by nurses in New Mexico, through their Congressman, Manuel Lujan, to have May 6, 1982, established as “National Recognition Day for Nurses.” 1982 In February, the ANA Board of Directors formally acknowledged May 6, 1982 as “National Nurses Day.” The action affirmed a joint resolution of the United States Congress designating May 6 as “National Recognition Day for Nurses.” 1982 President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation on March 25, proclaiming “National Recognition Day for Nurses” to be May 6, 1982. 1990 The ANA Board of Directors expanded the recognition of nurses to a week-long celebration, declaring May 6-12, 1991, as National Nurses Week. 1993 The ANA Board of Directors designated May 6-12 as permanent dates to observe National Nurses Week in 1994 and in all subsequent years. 1996 The ANA initiated “National RN Recognition Day” on May 6, 1996, to honor the nation’s indispensable registered nurses for their tireless commitment 365 days a year. The ANA encourages its state and territorial nurses associations and other organizations to acknowledge May 6, 1996 as “National RN Recognition Day.” 1997 The ANA Board of Directors, at the request of the National Student Nurses Association, designated May 8 as National Student Nurses Day. Reference: ANA Enterprise. (2018). 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May, June, July 2018 RN Idaho • Page 3 Executive Director’s Report ANA Idaho Celebrates You! Robin Schaffer, MSN, RN, CAE Executive Director, ANA Idaho email@example.com We appreciate our nurses every day, but Nurses Week is a great opportunity to take the time to celebrate. We take pride in the fact that the public has rated nursing as the most honest and ethical profession for the past 16 years. Therefore, it is only fitting that we take one week each year to celebrate our profession and the vital roles nurses play in health care. National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. It features a host of events across the U.S. to honor nurses for the work they do and educates the public about nurses’ role in health care. While the first National Nurses Week was celebrated in 1954 – the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s famous mission to the Crimea – it wasn’t until President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation that May 6th would henceforth be National Nurses Day and that the annual celebration of nurses’ efforts would be nationally recognized. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has always led efforts to celebrate nursing, ensuring that recognition is promoted as widely as possible, and in 1990 extended it to a week-long celebration of the work of the nation’s registered nurses, the largest workforce of the health care professions. Every year ANA selects a theme for the week highlighting an aspect of nurses’ practice. This year’s theme is “Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence.” How are you planning to celebrate Nurses Week this year? One great way is to join ANA on May 9, 2018 at 11AM Mountain Time for the FREE 2018 National Nurses Week Live Webinar, ‘Emerging Technology and Its Impact on Nursing Practice.’ Technology in healthcare is continually evolving. What is coming down the pike? What does the future of nursing look like? What do nurses need to know to adapt? More information Robin Schaeffer is available at: idahonurses. org/2018NNWwebinar During National Nurses Week, the ANA Idaho Board of Directors would like to extend a special thanks to you, our Idaho nurses, as you continue to provide the highest level of quality care to your patients. You deserve special recognition for your efforts to inspire, innovate, and influence! If you are not yet a member of ANA Idaho, please consider joining us at http://www.idahonurses.org/. State membership includes national membership to the American Nurses Association! -Robin Reference: American Nurses Association. (2018). National Nurses Week 2018. Retrieved: https://info.nursingworld.org/ nationalnursesweek2018/ GRADUATE CERTIFICATE in PUBLIC HEALTH The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is an 18-credit program that is designed for working professionals and graduate students who would like to expand their knowledge of public health. The Graduate Certificate in Public Health curriculum includes courses that address the public health core knowledge areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, health services administration, and environmental health sciences. Online and in-person class options available. For more information, contact Maren Nelson at 208-282-2729. Protecting Families Since 1997 208-880-3044 • 208-467-4675 firstname.lastname@example.org Offering Long Term Care Insurance • Medicare Supplements • Critical Healthcare Plans • Life Insurance - living benefit options Blaine is a broker who has been “Grow Old Gracefully” an advocate for Nurses and their families in planning for long term care, life, and medicare supplements. www.blainegrowinsurance.com 2122 S. Secretariat Way Nampa, ID 83686
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