Rutherford Regional Proudly Celebrates National Nurses Week

May 4, 2015


RUTHERFORDTON – Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America's 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) is proud to join with the American Nurses Association (ANA) to support and encourage National Nurses Week recognition programs through the state and district nurses associations, other specialty nursing organizations, educational facilities, and independent health care companies and institutions.

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. During this week, nurses at RRHS will be honored with special events, meals and presentations held at the RRHS medical center.

Included among the special events is a May 8 visit from Dr. Shirley Toney, RN, PhD, who will share thoughts on her book, “North Carolina Nursing: A Journey to Excellence.” RRHS is extending its weeklong observance to not only nurses, but also nursing assistants and paramedics.

Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, who comprise the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.