May 6-12, 2016: Nurses Week

WHEREAS, the nearly 3.4 million registered nurses in the United States make up our nation’s largest health care profession; and,

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

WHEREAS, the American Nurses Association, as the voice for the registered nurses of this country, is working to chart a new course for a healthy nation that relies on increasing delivery of primary and preventive health care; and,

WHEREAS, a renewed emphasis on primary and preventive health care will require better utilization of all of our nation’s registered nursing resources; and,

WHEREAS, professional nursing is an indispensable component of the safety and quality of care of hospitalized patients; and,

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

WHEREAS, more qualified registered nurses will be needed in the future to meet the increasingly complex needs of health care consumers in this community; and,

WHEREAS, the cost-effective, safe and high-quality health care services provided by registered nurses will be an increasingly important component of the U.S. health care delivery system in the future; and,

WHEREAS, along with the American Nurses Association, ANA-Michigan has declared the week of May 6–12, 2016 as National Nurses Week, with the theme “Culture of Safety—It starts with You,” in celebration of the ways in which registered nurses strive to provide safe and high-quality patient care and to map out the ways to improve our health care system;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 6-12, 2016 as Nurses Week in Michigan.