America’s 3 million nurses are enjoying their leadership positions in health care during the 2014 National Nurses Week, from May 6-12. The week concluded on the birthday celebration of Florence Nightingale, a recognized leader in the profession. Not every health professional will become an international trailblazer for the profession, but every health professional has an opportunity to advertise quality patient care and take care of growing issues within the profession, that shows leadership. And that’s why this year’s concept, selected by the American Nurses Association, is Nurses Leading the Way.
“I am so pleased this is the concept,” said Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN and CEO of the National League for Nursing. There are many different ways nurses lead: from navigating sufferers from the bedside to back home and changing guidelines within their companies to providing on boards and forming policy, the National League for Nursing CEO also stated. “With more than 3 million nursing staff on the front-lines of medical care, we are critical to enhancing our nation’s health and are providing leadership to address many difficulties such as the increasing number of people with serious disease conditions and enhancing medical care results while reducing cost,” added Debra L. Fowler, PhD, MBA, RN, CNE, associate professor of nursing systems and track director of MSN in nursing leadership and administration at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing. Nurses provide leadership to their sufferers by supporting them to improve their individual wellness and cause their health professional co-workers by using evidence-based exercise, Fowler outlined.
“We need to be leaders in evidence-based practice and medical care change,” said Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, dean and professor in the College of Nursing and professor of pediatrics and psychiatry in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University in Columbus. “In particular, we need to be leading the health marketing and prevention paradigm throughout the United States.”