Being a nurse is filled with courage and self-sacrifice. The COVID-19 global pandemic has only heightened the daily contributions and critical roles of nurses in ensuring that those who need care are cared for. With waves of COVID-19 variants extending now into 2022, 75% of nurses continue to experience stress, exhaustion, and burnout while supporting their patients, families, and communities.
May is National Nurses Month and each year, National Nurses Week begins on May 6. This year the American Nurses Association (ANA) selected the evergreen theme “Nurses Make a Difference” to honor the varying roles of nurses and the positive impact they make. We hope you’ll join Spok, the ANA Enterprise organizations, and colleagues around the country, in recognizing the many sacrifices and contributions of nurses.
We see nurses making a difference in so many ways. They’re trusted healthcare advocates who provide patients and their families with quality care and services, and they also influence and shape health policy decisions, helping to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable healthcare. Continued promotion of the nursing profession enables higher visibility and more opportunities to promote how these selfless workers make invaluable contributions and how nurses continue to thrive during difficult times. Year in and year out, polls continue to show that nurses are inherently trusted. For over two decades, nurses have remained one of the most ethical and honest professions.
All of us at Spok are enormously thankful to all nurses for caring and making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and their communities. Please know that your dedication and sacrifices are valued and recognized, and we look forward to continuing to celebrate and support you throughout 2022, and beyond.