—by Todd Thorson

National Nurses Week is being celebrated this week, May 6-12, and patients, colleagues, family and friends are encouraged to thank their fellow health care providers and specialists for all they have done for them and their profession. Their courage, competence, commitment and dedication to their craft make life all the more fulfilling and healthy for all of us. Nurses play a key role in the health care profession, lending their expert care in emergency rooms, long-term and specialty care facilities and medical clinics all across the country.

With the ever-expanding and changing health care system, nurses, now more than ever, are vital participants in the implementation of quality health care to those in need. This year the National Nurses Week campaign is also stressing the importance of expanding the nursing field and profession, encouraging today’s nurses and prospective nurses to continue their education and earn their bachelor’s degrees. This is a key component to the higher mortality rates we are now experiencing, and why the nursing profession is more important than ever.

Nurses not only lend a vital hands-on work ethic alongside the doctors and specialists, but they also lend a comforting hand and presence to patients and their families. Nurses also answer questions and address concerns along the way, and provide an emotional bond between medical circumstances and the patients’ well-being under what are typically difficult situations.

So, as we observe this important week, take some time to say thank you to your nurses or nurses the next time you visit your doctor at the clinic or hospital. You’ll feel better in doing so, and your nurses will feel rewarded in the process.