The work of America's 2.9 million registered nurses to save lives and to maintain the health of millions of individuals is the focus of this year's National Nurses Week, celebrated annually May 6-12 throughout the United States.
This year, the American Nurses Association has selected "Nurses: Making a Difference Every Day" as the theme for 2008. The ANA supports and encourages National Nurses Week recognition programs through the state and district nurses associations, other specialty nursing organizations, educational facilities, and independent health care companies and institutions.
Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.
In honor of National Nurses Week and RN Recognition Day, faculty and students in the practical nursing program at Central Georgia Technical College participated in a special program on Wednesday, May 7 at the Macon Campus. Faculty and other guest speakers discussed the importance of nursing in today's society and shared personal stories about their experiences in the field of nursing.
Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. 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.