Nurses Week begins today
Nurses Week kicks off today, both nationally and in Livingston County.
The county Board of Supervisors passed a proclamation in April recognizing the nursing profession and designating May 6 to 12 as Nurses Week.
“The Livingston County Board of Supervisors salutes the LPNs, RNs, Nurse Practitioners, MSNs and Nurse Administrators for their leadership and contributions to the health care of Livingston County residents,” the proclamation said.
“The nurses in ‘our neighborhoods’ are employed in a variety of areas where their expertise in community resources, skilled nursing and specialized services are utilized,” the proclamation continued.
National Nurses Week traditionally begins May 6 of each year – also known as National Nurses Day — and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, a 19th-century English social reformer who is considered the founder of modern nursing.
Several other healthcare-related recognition and awareness proclamations have also been approved for May.
The Board of Supervisors have declared May 12 to 18 as Nursing Home Week in Livingston County in celebration of “Older Americans’ Month.”
The proclamation recognized that as Americans live longer than at any time in the past while also seeking to maintain high level of physical function “the nursing homes in Livingston County provide a high quality of care and services to meet the needs of Livingston County residents and the greater community.”
The proclamation honored “the valuable contributions Livingston County’s nursing homes and their staff make to the quality of life of our county.”
The Board also adopted a resolution proclaiming May as Older Americans Month, declaring that Livingston County is a community that “can provide opportunities to allow older citizens to continue to flourish by; emphasizing the importance of elders and their leadership by publicly recognizing their continued achievements; presenting opportunities for older Americans to share their wisdom, experience and skills; and recognizing older adults as a valuable asset in strengthening American communities.”
The Board of Supervisors is also expected this week to take up a resolution proclaiming May 19 to 25 as “Emergency Medical Services Week.” The board meets May 8.