By Valecia L. Dunbar, D.M., Army Medicine Public Affairs May 2, 2013
National Nurses Week will be celebrated from May 6 - 12, and the theme for 2013 is "Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care."
Army Medicine asks that we join in celebrating the men and women who serve this country by caring for its citizens and recognize the dedication, contributions and selfless service of the more than 40,000 Army nurses who commit themselves to the care of our wounded, ill, and injured and their Families.
"Our mission to provide responsive, innovative, and evidence-based nursing care aligns with the theme of National Nurses Week, "Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care," said Maj. Gen. Jimmie Keenan, chief Army Nurse Corps and commanding general, U.S. Army Public Health Command. "We are integrated on the AMEDD team of healthcare professionals to support the TSG's strategic initiative to move to a System for Health to support the strength of our military and improve the health of our nation," said Keenan.
The AMEDD "Nursing Strong" personnel continue to positively influence each and every patient encounter. In 2011, the Army Nurse Corps developed the Patient Caring Touch System (PCTS) to guide the delivery of nursing care throughout Army Medicine.
The system was designed to ensure that the patient (service member and/or their beneficiary as well as a military retiree and/or their beneficiary) is at the center in all nursing care delivery environments. The PCTS is illustrated by a maroon star and comprised of five core elements that provide the Army nursing triad (Army nurses, Soldier medics, and Department of Defense Civilians) with a foundation to implement evidence-based changes and routine daily patient care processes throughout Army medicine.
As patient advocates, guided by their core values, Army Nurses demonstrate daily that patients come first.
"Nurses' week is a great opportunity to reflect on the nursing profession and recognize the contributions of our Army Nursing Team. Our officer, Civilian, and enlisted service member's dedication and commitment to care for America's sons and daughters represents the best of the nursing profession," said Keenan.
Efforts to recognize the role of nurses in our nation's healthcare system began in 1982, when the American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors formally acknowledged May 6, 1982 as "National Nurses Day." In 1993 the ANA Board designated May 6 - 12, as lasting dates to observeNational Nurses Week which culminates on the birthday of Florence Nightingale.