Porter Health System paid tribute to America's 3.1 million registered nurses on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, through a Candlelight Vigil held on the front lawn of the Valparaiso Campus. The vigil also honored the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.
CEO Jonathan Nalli presented a special proclamation from the office of the Mayor of the City of Valparaiso.
Whereas, the nearly 2.9 million registered nurses in the United States 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, 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 preventative health care; and
Whereas, professional nursing has been demonstrated to be an indispensable component in 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 technology, and the explosive growth of home health care services; and
Whereas, that 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 quality health care services provided by registered nurses will be an ever more important component of the U.S. health care delivery system in the future; and
Now, therefore, along with the American Nurses Association, I, Jon Costas, Mayor of the City of Valparaiso, do hereby proclaim the week of May 7-11, 2012 as National Nurses Week
And encourage all citizens of Valparaiso to celebrate registered nursing's accomplishments and efforts to improve our health care system and show our appreciation for the nation's registered nurses not just during this week, but at every opportunity throughout the year.
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