For nearly 10 years, Denver’s Nursing Star has celebrated National Nurses Week with a special section honoring the nursing industry’s legacy.
Celebrated each year from May 6-12, this year’s celebration recognizes the millions of RNs and LPNs and their work to build a healthier nation with the theme of Nurses: Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow.
Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. Denver’s Nursing Star strives to match that sentiment with their annual special section that encourages hospitals, nursing centers, colleges, and other health care facilities to recognize and publicly thank their nurses for their dedicated service to the health care industry.
The nation’s nurses rank first for their honesty and integrity, with 82 percent of Americans rating them "high" or "very high," according to a 2005 Gallup Poll. Nurses have consistently rated first every year but one after being added to the list in 1999.
As well, according to from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RNs top the list of the 10 occupations with the largest projected job growth in the years 2002-2012.
Although RNs have listed among the top 10 growth occupations in the past, this is the first time in recent history that RNs have ranked first. These 10-year projections are widely used in career guidance, in planning education and training programs and in studying long-range employment trends.
From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.
With health care facility feature stories, nursing information, a column from the American Nurses Association president, a place to show facility appreciation for nurses, this year’s National Nurses Week special edition promises to provide a venue of encouragement, education, and gratitude for today’s nursing workforce.
For more information on how your facility can show its appreciation for nurses by taking part of this very special edition, please call 720-283-2209.