WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined colleagues from the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to introduce a bipartisan, bicameral resolution recognizing National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2022.
“I worked with nurses at the bedside of patients and public health settings for 25 years,” said Dr. Cassidy. “I know the firsthand impact of a capable caring nurse. They deserve a national nurses week resolution but it should be every week of the year.”
In addition to Cassidy, the resolution is cosponsored by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), John Boozman (R-AR), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Ben Lujan (D-NM), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Steven Daines (R-MT), Tina Smith (D-MN), John Hoeven (R-ND), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL).
The U.S. House of Representatives resolution was introduced by U.S. Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and David Joyce (R-OH).
Read the full resolution here or below.
Whereas, beginning in 1991, National Nurses Week has been celebrated annually from May 6, also known as ‘‘National Recognition Day for Nurses’’, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing;
Whereas National Nurses Week is a time of year to reflect on the important contributions that nurses make to provide safe, high-quality health care;
Whereas nurses serve on the front lines, risking their lives treating the injured and sick during wartime, natural disasters, and public health emergencies, including the COVID–19 pandemic;
Whereas nurses are known to be patient advocates, acting to protect the lives of individuals under their care;
Whereas nurses represent the largest single component of the health care profession, with an estimated population of more than 4,000,000 registered nurses in the United States;
Whereas nurses are leading in the delivery of quality care in a transformed health care system that improves patient outcomes and safety;
Whereas the Future of Nursing report of the Institute of Medicine has highlighted the need for the nursing profession to meet the call for leadership in a team-based delivery model;
Whereas, when nurse staffing levels increase, the risk of patient complications and lengthy hospital stays decreases, resulting in cost savings;
Whereas nurses are experienced researchers, and the work of nurses encompasses a wide scope of scientific inquiry, including clinical research, health systems and outcomes research, and nursing education research; Whereas nurses provide care that is sensitive to the cultures and customs of individuals across the United States;
Whereas nurses are well-positioned to provide leadership to eliminate health care disparities that exist in the United States;
Whereas nurses are the cornerstone of the public health infrastructure, promoting healthy lifestyles and educating communities on disease prevention and health promotion;
Whereas nurses help inform, educate, and work closely with legislators to improve—
(1) the education, retention, recruitment, and practice of all nurses;
and (2) the health and safety of the patients for whom the nurses care;
Whereas there is a need—
(1) to strengthen nursing workforce development programs at all levels, including the number of doctorally prepared faculty members;
and (2) to provide education to the nurse research scientists who can develop new nursing care models to improve the health status of the diverse population of the United States;
Whereas nurses touch the lives of the people of the United States through every stage of life;
and Whereas nursing has been voted the most honest and ethical profession in the United States:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) supports the goals and ideals of National Nurses Week, as founded by the American Nurses Association;
(2) recognizes the significant contributions of nurses to the health care system in the United States;
and (3) encourages the people of the United States to observe National Nurses Week with appropriate recognition, ceremonies, activities, and programs to demonstrate the importance of nurses to the every day lives of patients.