HARRISBURG, Pa., May 6 Governor Edward G. Rendell has proclaimed May 6-12 as Pennsylvania Nurses Week and urges citizens to acknowledge nursing professionals throughout the state who strive to provide safe, high quality patient care for all Pennsylvanians.
“Nurses play a critical and growing role in providing quality health care and their work is too often underappreciated or overlooked,” Governor Rendell said. “During this special week, we applaud their commitment to patient safety and to shaping public health policy that will benefit our citizens today and in the future.”
As health care changes, the partnership between nurses, doctors, physician assistants and other health care professionals is more important than ever. With an aging population and more people in need of health care, nurses are being called upon to provide a greater level of care to patients.
Governor Rendell made a commitment to providing health care providers, including nurses, the expanded tools they need to provide that greater level of care. In 2007, Governor Rendell signed into law HB 1253, the Scope of Practice Bill. The legislation expanded the scope of practice for Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners, or CRNP, to allow them to practice to the fullest extent of their education and training by removing barriers to practice in specific cases where CRNP’s are capable of providing services currently reserved only for physicians.
In 2008, there were 172,550 registered nurses and licensed practical nurses statewide, working in traditional health care settings such as hospitals, nursing homes and doctor’s offices, and also in private industry and businesses.
Governor Rendell was recently appointed Chair of the American Academy of Nurses’ “Raise the Voice” Advisory Council, succeeding former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala. Through its awareness campaign, the Academy is working to inform policymakers and the public about the exciting possibilities for transforming the health care system – and how nurses are leading the way.
“The demand for highly trained professional nurses will continue to grow, especially with all of the changes as a result of health care reform. We must continue to try to meet those demands,” added Governor Rendell.
This year, the National Nurses Week theme is “Nurses: Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow.” The special week is celebrated annually beginning May 6, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The week focuses on highlighting the diverse ways in which nurses are working to improve health care across the nation.
Editor’s Note: The text of the Governor’s proclamation follows:
PENNSYLVANIA NURSES WEEK – May 6-12, 2010
WHEREAS, Nursing professionals have a long and proud history of promoting good health, preventing disease, and delivering quality health care; and
WHEREAS, more than 134,440 registered nurses and 38,110 licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses serve our Commonwealth with dedication and a commitment to excellence; and
WHEREAS, working in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, doctors’ offices, and industry, licensed nurses foster good health and offer unmatched skill in patient care and safety; and
WHEREAS, our professional licensed nurses promote continuing education, the advancement of knowledge, resourcefulness, new technological training, and a passion for upholding the highest standards of care; and
WHEREAS, the demand for highly trained professional nurses will continue to grow in order to meet the demands of a growing senior citizen population and the changing needs of our citizens.
THEREFORE, I, Edward G. Rendell, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim May 6-12, 2010, as PENNSYLVANIA NURSES WEEK. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to acknowledge and appreciate our nursing professionals who strive to provide safe, high quality patient care for all of our citizens.
GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this thirtieth day of April in the year of our Lord two thousand and ten, and of the Commonwealth the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
EDWARD G. RENDELL, Governor
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor