Riverside Walter Reed Hospital and National Nurses Week 2013 – Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care

Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America's 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. This year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected "Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care" as the theme for 2013. Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.

Locally, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital will be honoring the professional practice of nursing and the individuals who dedicate their lives to caring for others as we care for those we love – our nurses. "We are extremely fortunate to have a diverse group of nurses with individual strengths and talents that together, create an extraordinary team of professionals." says Gaynor Callis, Director of Nursing at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital.

Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, who comprise the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.

Riverside Health System is holding activities throughout the week highlighting individual achievements and celebrating the nursing team as a whole. This week is devoted to honoring and appreciating the nursing staff and those they care for. Please Join Riverside in thanking those who make up the most honest and ethical profession America (according to Gallup's November 2012 survey update of the perceived honesty and ethical standards of professions).

Published: April 29, 2013