To the Editor: National Nurses Week, May 6 to 12, is celebrated annually, giving us an opportunity to recognize nurses and nurse educators who have touched our lives and inspired us in pursuing such an honorable profession. This year’s theme, "Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care," established by the American Nurses Association, is especially meaningful during this pivotal time in healthcare, when advanced technologies and healthcare reform are changing the way patient care is delivered.
Nurses have long been at the forefront of healthcare innovation. They have tirelessly worked together and collaborated with other healthcare professionals to improve the quality of patient care. Nurses Week is a time to show our sincere appreciation for these efforts to improve not only the health of individual patients, but the health of our nation.
While challenging, nursing is very rewarding. It provides the opportunity to continue achieving higher levels of education, allows for diverse specializations within the profession and allows one to selflessly care for others in their time of need.
Nurses provide quality, innovative and compassionate care. Please join me in honoring nurses – the heroes of healthcare – and in celebrating their extraordinary contributions.
Sheila Arevalo President, National Student Nurses Association Chamberlain College of Nursing in Addison