Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the many ways America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and improve the health of millions of individuals.
UT’s College of Nursing will celebrate National Nurses Week May 6 through 12. Special dates include May 6, which is marked as RN Recognition Day, and May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.
“The nursing profession is called upon to positively impact health in many settings—in hospitals, in homes, and in the community,” said Victoria Niederhauser, dean of the college. “I salute our faculty members who give so much of their time and talents to educating the next generation of nurses, advanced practice nurses, nurse leaders, and nurse scientists to improve care across these different settings.”
During the week, the college will honor two nursing faculty members, Terri Durbin and Lynne Miller, with the Regional Cooperative for Professional Nurses Week Clinical Excellence Award. Durbin and Miller are clinical instructors in the college. Both will receive their awards at the RCPNW dinner at the Knoxville Convention Center May 9.
The week is devoted to highlighting how registered nurses, who make up the largest segment of workers in the health care profession, are working to improve the industry. 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 meet the expanding health care needs of American society.
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