Although I use the blog posts to educate people about the importance of advance directives, this week’s post will focus on National Nurses Week. The theme for National Nurses Week 2019 is “4 million reasons to celebrate”. That’s about 1 in every 100 Americans that is a registered nurse! We celebrate annually from May 6 through May 12 (May 12th is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing).
For 17 consecutive years, we are once again ranked as a profession with the highest honesty and ethical standards, another reason to celebrate.
Nurses are everywhere! We work in home care, clinics, hospitals, skilled facilities and rehab, in schools and colleges, in churches, in business, science, and publishing, in academia, in research, in prisons and on cruise ships. We volunteer and we raise money, we hold C-suite positions and effect change in policy, we lobby and we vote.
We are present for the miracle of life and the miracle of death, and every health event in between them.
We’re intelligent, resilient, creative, sensitive and committed.
We are dedicated professionals.
Here is an updated version of the Florence Nightingale Pledge, which was a statement of ethics and principles of the nursing profession:
I solemnly pledge to practice my profession faithfully. I will not knowingly administer any harmful drug or treatment. I will do all in my power to elevate the standards of my profession and I will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping. I will honor each individual under my care with the knowledge that they are body, mind, and spirit beings. I will be an advocate and a healer. I will work to promote wellness in individuals, families, and communities. I commit myself to evidence-based practice and the ongoing pursuit of knowledge.
In honor of National Nurses Week, the American Nurses Association is hosting a free webinar entitled Nurses4Us: Elevating the Profession! On Wednesday, May 8, at 1 pm ET. Nurses can register here:
Thank you to all the talented nursing professionals I have had the honor to work with over my career. Thank you for your support, leadership, listening ear, motivation, laughter, honesty and inspiration.
“Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet.”
– Donna Wilk Cardillo