It’s National Nurses Week, a great time to celebrate the nurses who care for your residents. This week of recognition begins with National Nurses Day and ends fittingly on Florence Nightingale’s birthday. According to a statement by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:
National Nurses Week gives us a chance to recognize the contribution of the health care providers at the heart of our health care system. From making sure a young mother knows how to care for her toddler, to showing an elderly patient how to manage his diabetes, the role nurses play is more important than ever. The success of the Affordable Care Act, and the expansion of access to health care that it offers, will not be possible without these trusted professionals.
The health care law’s emphasis on keeping people healthy, preventing illness, and managing chronic conditions, opens new opportunities for nurses to shape and lead the future delivery of healthcare and capitalizes on the expertise of the nursing profession.
Please join me in thanking our nation’s nurses for the critical work they do in bringing better care and better health to all Americans.
While Assisted Living is a social model of care and residents do not need around-the-clock medical assistance, some communities have RNs, or LVNs on staff. Nurses also commonly provide care for residents through home health visits after hospitalization. And nurses help all of us during medical visits, hospitalizations, and other interactions with the health system.
Help your residents show appreciation for those that provide care. You can organize a breakfast to honor nurses, or put together an art class to create a special gift. And if you have any residents who were nurses, celebrate them too! How are you honoring nurses in your community this week?