Nurses Week 2024 Message from NCNA President Trish Richardson | Letters to the editor

Nurses Week 2024 Message from NCNA President Trish Richardson |  Letters to the editor

Happy Nurses Week 2024!! This is a time to come together and recognize the nation’s largest and most trusted healthcare profession.

The American Nurses Association has declared “Nurses Make a Difference” as the theme for Nurses Week 2024. I join them in encouraging everyone to stop and recognize the vast contributions that nurses make every day and numerous positive impacts on their patients, their communities, and the health system as a whole. The next few days provide time to pause and collectively share our appreciation for nurses and their unwavering commitment to providing the safest care environment and striving for the best outcomes for all North Carolinians.

Nurses truly make a difference every day and in every healthcare setting. Public health nurses work in their communities, caring for their friends and neighbors, supporting their health and well-being, including disease prevention and education, and advocating for resources and access to health care for underserved communities. School nurses promote a healthy academic environment by managing the needs of their students, providing them with essential education about their health and well-being, and supporting our children on their journey to academic success. Advanced practice registered nurses are improving access to quality care – and could do so much more.

Nurses are on the front lines, in direct patient care, in primary care offices, clinics, surgery centers, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice care, home health care , etc. Nontraditional nurses advance health care innovation and elevate the voices of nurses in state government. Did you know we have five nurses in the North Carolina state legislature on both sides of the aisle? These dedicated nurse leaders use their voices boldly and extend a collaborative hand across party lines to get things done. Nurse forward®️ in North Carolina.

In North Carolina, we have 158,000 registered nurses and each semester provides a new opportunity to welcome graduate nurses and newly licensed registered nurses into the profession. Over the past several months, I have traveled across our great state speaking with nursing students and I am thrilled to report that I have witnessed tremendous energy and enthusiasm at every connection. They tell me how excited they are about graduating, about their upcoming transition into professional practice, and about the chance to realize their long-awaited goal of serving their community as a registered nurse.

During Nurses Week, I encourage you to remember a time when a nurse was there for you. They may have stayed with you and held your hand while you anxiously waited for your biopsy results. Maybe they said exactly what you needed to hear, answered all your questions, and promised to be there for your dad as he recovered from heart surgery for the first time in years. days you felt comfortable enough to go home and rest. Perhaps they have encouraged you to advocate for your own care plan and know where and when you will receive hemodialysis or pulmonary rehabilitation treatments. They may have joined you in prayer for a family member who was in a terrible accident or when you simply needed someone to listen. Maybe your nurse’s presence, just her being there with you in that moment, made you feel seen. You knew you weren’t alone.

My friends, if you have someone in your family or a close friend who is a nurse, please take a moment out of your day to stop and say thank you and recognize their substantial impact on patient health and health care in our great state. Your presence in their lives and your words of appreciation could drastically change their day in ways you may never realize.

If you are a nurse, on behalf of NCNA, I want to share my sincere appreciation and gratitude for the difference you make in the lives of all North Carolinians across our great state. I want you to know that I see you and celebrate your unwavering dedication to a life of service in the care of others and your commitment to maintaining and raising the standard of our profession.

As always, it is with a heart full of grace that I believe, know and have faith that together WE will move forward. Nurse forward®️.