National Nurses Week is celebrated May 6 - 12, coinciding with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is considered the founder of modern nursing. In an effort to help nurses individually and collectively contribute to a safe environment for both patients and nurse professionals, the American Nurses Association has chosen the theme, “Creating a Culture of Safety” for their year-long campaign, with specific focus during National Nurses Week.
This week, Spring Arbor University celebrates sound and quality care by honoring our nursing students – and all nurses – who have a critical responsibility to uphold the highest level of safety standards in their practice. Creating a culture of safety protects nurses and leads to best patient outcomes.
Whether practicing in hospitals, the community, schools, long term care or clinics, nurse professionals have always played a significant role in improving the quality and safety of healthcare. Among the most highly regarded and trusted professions, nurses are truly the supportive backbone of the American healthcare system. Our nation’s millions of nurses dedicate their professional lives to caring for and healing others, often at the expense of the health and safety of the nurses themselves.
Nursing has long been considered one of the most demanding occupations, with reports of burnout, fatigue and stress high among professional nurses. National Nurses Week is the perfect time to take a moment to recognize and thank those who have chosen a path toward a professional nursing career.
Spring Arbor University Online offers rich educational opportunities to nurses so they can advance their nursing careers with integrity, grace and personal growth. Nursing is a helping profession, and as a faith-based university, our programs better prepare nurses to meet the spiritual as well as physical needs of those for whom they care. All nurses – no matter their faith or belief – benefit from this recognition of the spiritual component to nursing.