Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey Celebrates 2019 National Nurses Week


During National Nurses Week, from May 6-12, the Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey celebrates the professionalism and significant contributions of the Long Term Acute Care Hospital’s (LTACH)  registered nurses to the quality of care provided to our patients.

According to the American Nurses Association, nurses comprise the largest group of health care professionals in the U.S. and for 17 consecutive years, the public has ranked nursing as the most honest and ethical profession. Representing the front lines in delivering care in LTACHs and in nearly every clinical setting, nurses deliver quality, culturally competent patient care and services to individuals, families, communities, and populations, says the Silver Spring, Maryland-based American Nurses Association (ANA).

“Nurses’ role in navigating and addressing an ever-changing and complex health care landscape is undisputable. Our knowledge and experiences as nurses inform our work as researchers, executives, educators and policymakers,” said ANA President Ernest Grant, PhD., RN, FANN.

“Sheer numbers and wide-ranging roles across countless specialties enable us to be a trusted advocate for millions of people from birth to the end of life, and in moments of joy and loss. No matter who you are, you can join us in celebrating the men and women who improve our lives and society every day,” says Grant.

Nurses on the Front line Providing Care

In a May 7 blog posting on the American Hospital Association’s (American Hospital Association) website, , Robyn Begley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CEO of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and American Hospital Association’s senior vice president and chief nursing officer, said, “ Like [Florence] Nightingale, today’s nurses are on the front lines of improving quality care. From the bedside to the C-suite to the boardroom, nurses are critical partners in leading the transformation of health care across the care continuum.”

“As the nation’s most trusted profession, nurses have unique influence and power to improve patient outcomes by delivering evidence-based care,” says Begley, noting that nurses are first-line responders, able to quickly identify and react to the changing needs of patients, families and communities.”

Nurses are innovative and problem solvers, too, says Begley, noting that they are “always looking for new ways to advance quality, safety and cost-effective care.”

Finally, Begley believes that diversity in the nursing profession is the key to the health of patients they serve.  “While good patient care is a universal language, transcending dialects and cultures, it is important that our nursing workforce continues to reflect the rich diversity of our country,\” she says.

To our nursing staff and to the more than 4 million nurses who are committed to providing quality patient care, we celebrate National Nurses Week.  We thank you.

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