ANA-NY Celebrates National Nurses Week

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ANA-NY Celebrates National Nurses Week

Special Daily News supplement highlights nursing history and diversity

 Albany, NY, May 6, 2015 – The American Nurses Association – New York (ANA-NY) honors and thanks the more than 225,000 registered nurses in New York State and the 3.2 million registered nurses nationally for the work they do in direct patient care, in health care policy and leadership, as nurse educators and researchers, and in specialties across a wide range of settings and practices. Along with the American Nurses Association and all of its state affiliates, ANA-NY is celebrating National Nurses Week May 6 – 12.

ANA-NY and The Daily News are partnering to produce the second annual special section celebrating National Nurses Week. The supplement, which will be published on May 6 in the print newspaper and online, will include articles showcasing the range of nurses’ practice and professional experiences.

The 2015 National Nurses Week theme is Ethical Practice…Quality Care. Earlier this year, the American Nurses Association (ANA), released its revised Code of Ethics for Nurses to address changes in clinical practice and other transformations in health care. It is the first such update since 2001, and ANA is highlighting the new standards with a year of educational programs and events.

“Every year for the past 13 years, nurses have been ranked as the most honest and ethical profession in Gallup’s annual poll about the most trusted professionals,” said Elizabeth “Betty” Mahoney, EdD, RN, President of ANA-NY. “This is a strong testament to the professional character and commitment to patient care that nurses regularly demonstrate in their work throughout the health care system.”

“As the population continues to age and health care continues to increase in complexity, it is important that, just as nurses continually update their clinical skills, they also continually educate themselves about ethical issues in health care,” Mahoney said. “This is another way in which professional nurses distinguish themselves as health care leaders.”

As part of the celebration of National Nurses Week, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has issued a proclamation in honor of the state’s nurses and the critical role they play in quality patient care and health care policy leadership.

National Nurses Week concludes each year with the celebration of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12. As the profession looks back and honors its founder, ANA-NY is advocating for new legislation designed to shape the future of nursing.

Working with the Coalition for Advancement of Nursing Education (CANE) and the New York Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders (NYONEL), ANA-NY is supporting the Advancement of Nursing Education Bill (BS in Ten), which would require that new nurses and those moving into NYS earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing within 10 years after initial NYS licensure.

The Advancement of Nursing Education legislation would not apply to currently licensed NYS RNs or those in nursing school at the time the bill is enacted.

“This legislation is designed to make sure that nurses have the education necessary to continue providing the highest quality of care as the health care system continues to evolve,” said ANA-NY President Mahoney. “We want to ensure as a profession that we are always the trusted professionals our patients expect and deserve.”