Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Recognizes National Nurses Week
Washington, DC – (Tuesday, May 06, 2014) - May 6th through May 12th is recognized as National Nurses Week. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, the first registered nurse elected to Congress, introduced a Congressional Resolution (House Resolution 540) and released the following statement in recognition of National Nurses Week.
“This week, we honor the work of nurses and acknowledge the contributions they make every day to our health care system. This year’s theme: “Nurses: Leading the Way” is especially fitting, because nurses serve on the frontlines of the healthcare system. They staff hospitals, nursing facilities, schools, and even private homes. Nurses not only provide essential care to their patients, but they are also health innovators. They lead the way in the research and development that yields breakthrough treatments and improves the quality of life for patients with chronic illnesses.
We must also realize the potential that the nursing profession has to become the premier leader in preventive and public health. No matter the certification or registration, each nurse is important each day to each patient. Help me celebrate National Nurses Week by recognizing the nurses in your community and nationwide.”
Congresswoman Johnson continues to be a leader in the fight for expanding recognition and empowerment of nurses throughout the nation. During the 113th Congress, she introduced the National Nurse Act of 2013 with Republican Congressman Peter King. This act would designate the Chief Nurse Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service as the “National Nurse for Public Health.” The National Nurse for Public Health would function alongside the Surgeon General and focus on promoting health, improving healthcare literacy, and reducing health disparities.