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Celebrate National Nurses Week

The American Nurses Association (ANA) invites you to join in the observation of National Nurses Week, May 6 to 12, 2004. This year's theme, "Nurses: Your voice, your health, your life," celebrates the United States' nearly 2.7 million registered nurses.


The ANA offers a host of ways your health care organization can celebrate Nurses Week. Consider the following:


[white diamond suit] Hold a special celebration or reception to honor nurses for heroic acts, years of service, exemplary courage, or commitment to the nursing profession.


[white diamond suit] Sponsor health fairs, conduct preventive screenings in underserved areas, or organize a walkathon to promote a positive nursing image.


[white diamond suit] Invite staff members to wear an "RN pin" and/or nurse's uniform in observation of the week.


[white diamond suit] Sponsor a community-wide art or poetry-writing contest in which children acknowledge their favorite nurse, a famous nurse, or family member who's a nurse-past or present. Display the artwork or poems in local schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.


[white diamond suit] Organize and promote a free cholesterol and blood pressure screening in your community.


[white diamond suit] Observe and participate in Cover the Uninsured Week, May 10 to 16, 2004. The ANA encourages nurses to participate in addressing this issue because they see firsthand the consequences: sicker patients who've postponed needed health care.



For more information on how you can get involved in National Nurses' Week, visit



Please note the correct credentials of Wanda Johanson, RN, MN, co-author of "Bringing end-of-life care out of the shadows" (March 2004).