May 6-12, 2015: Michigan Nurses Week

WHEREAS, the nearly 3.1 million registered nurses in the United States, 124,711 in Michigan, comprise our nation's largest health care profession; and,

WHEREAS, the depth and breadth of the registered nursing profession meets the different and emerging health care needs of the American population in a wide range of settings; and,

WHEREAS,  a renewed emphasis on primary and preventive health care and social determinants of health, requires the best utilization of all of our nation's registered nursing resources; and,

WHEREAS, professional nursing has been demonstrated to be an indispensable component in the safety and quality of care of hospitalized patients, and individuals receiving care in the community; and,

WHEREAS, the demand for registered nursing services will be greater than ever because of the aging population, the continuing expansion of life-sustaining technology, and the rapid growth of home health care services; and,

WHEREAS, the cost-effective, safe and high quality health care services provided by registered nurses will continue to be needed in the future to meet the increasingly complex needs of health care consumers in this state; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Department of Community Health is joining with the American Nurses Association and nurses across the state of Michigan in celebrating the ways in which registered nurses strive to provide safe and high quality patient care and to work together towards improving our health care system and the health of Michigan’s population;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 6-12, 2015 as Michigan Nurses Week in Michigan.