In honor of National Nurses Week 2022, I am writing to you to acknowledge the critical life-saving work you perform every day and to thank you for your dedication to patient care. The impact of nurses on health care is unparalleled, directly affecting the health and well-being of our society.
As we look back in history, nurses have been at the front lines of all major health care challenges our society has faced – wars, epidemics, pandemics, natural disasters and so much more. Not only are nurses providing critical care during extraordinary circumstances, they are also trusted advocates who ensure individuals, families, and populations receive quality patient care and emotional support.
Additionally, nurses make a difference by influencing and shaping health policy decisions to address challenges at the root level. We are the backbone of our health care communities.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) selected this year’s theme, Nurses Make a Difference, to honor the varying roles of nurses and their positive impact on our lives.
This year’s theme is profoundly fitting – you all make an extraordinary difference for many people, every single day. For this reason and many others, we are beyond grateful for your dedication and service.
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. The ANA initiated “National RN Recognition Day” on May 6, 1996, to honor the nation’s indispensable registered nurses for their tireless commitment 365 days a year.
We appreciate our nurses 365 days per year and this week we celebrate you and all that you do. Each of you raise the bar in new ways every day by creating strong teams and working in service to others. It is your passion and hard work that will help us continue to shape the future of correctional health care.
Thank you for everything you do.
Barbara Barney-Knox, Deputy Director, CCHCS Nursing Services
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