Nurses all over the country take pride in the fact that the public has rated nursing as the most honest and ethical profession for the past 16 years. Nurse’s commitment to protecting, promoting, and improving health care for all is well recognized, and they serve the public in a wide range of roles and work settings. Therefore, it is only fitting that we take one week each year to celebrate the nursing profession and the vital roles nurses play in health care.
I would use two words to describe a nurse. Nurses are Caring and Compassionate people. You see, nurses encounter patients from all walks of life, many of whom are afraid of judgment they may receive from the medical community for one reason or another. A nurse can change a patient’s entire perspective by “showing them nurses value caring and compassion above all else,”
Nurses not only care for their patients they all so care for other nurses. Nurses inspire and mentor other nurses by providing them a springboard to elevate their practice and scope of other nurses and healthcare professionals they work with. They do so by recognizing the potential in people. This is just one way nurses inspire others in healthcare.
Nurses are innovators and act as agents of change to drive processes and policy and leverage technology to prove better, more affordable care for individuals and the community. Nurses have influenced innovation in the industry so much that the American Nurses Association (ANA) has updated the ANA scope and standards of practice document that calls for all nurses to be leaders within the profession, working to influence policies and encourage innovation (ANA, 2015a).
Lastly nurses are Influential; nurses must see themselves as professionals with the responsibility to influence current and future healthcare delivery systems. The nursing profession is based on the science of human health and the science of caring. It operates from a framework that values all people in a holistic way and seeks to foster and advance people’s health throughout their lifespans and across all levels of society. Through policy work, nurses can and do influence practice standards and processes to assure quality of care. Nurses who influence policy help shape the care that will be provided today and tomorrow.
Front Range Hospice and Palliative Care would like to take a moment to send a very warm THANK YOU and HAPPY NURSES WEEK to all the wonderful nurses who inspire, innovate and influence those who are currently working, retired, and those just starting out their journey into the healthcare profession.