by Crystal Welch, RN Project Coordinator
National Nurses Week, which is being held May 6-12, 2016, recognizes the lifesaving daily work delivered by America’s 3.9 million nurses. The Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign (HHQI) would like to say THANK YOU to all the nurses providing care to patients in the community. We proudly salute professional nurses for the dedication and commitment they show to their profession and to the patients they serve. Each year, National Nurses Week highlights the diverse ways in which nurses are working to improve the healthcare of others. Nurses have many roles. From home health and hospice to bedside nursing in hospitals, long-term care facilities, research institutions, or working with Quality Improvement Networks and more, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession continues to meet ever expanding healthcare needs. Dedicated home health nurses are caring for patients with compassion, perseverance, and adaptability every day. Nurses provide crucial medical care to save lives and maintain the health of millions of Americans, all while abiding by strict safety measures.
In recognition of the impact nursing has on patient outcomes and quality of care, the American Nurses Association has designated the theme of National Nurses Week 2016 as, “Culture of Safety—It Starts With You.”
Join HHQI on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, for a FREE broadcast webinar entitled, “Patient Safety Culture: A Foundation for a QAPI Program. For those reading this blog at a later date, make sure you listen to the webinar recording at the same link. This free educational session provides 1.5 Nursing CEs approved by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. HHQI University has over 20 free courses with nursing CEs.
The HHQI team thanks each and every nurse and agency for embracing evidence-based best practice strategies and interventions when caring for patients each day. Working together across varying disciplines and healthcare settings, we can make a difference for patients to have better outcomes and a higher quality of life by putting patient safety first.
On behalf of the entire HHQI team, I want to thank all of our participating nurses for taking part in the HHQI National Campaign and wish you all a Happy Nurses Week!