Nursing: the balance of mind, body and spirit
Nurses Week is an annual event that takes place May 6-12, beginning on the birthdate of one of the most well-known nurses in history, Florence Nightingale. This year's theme, dubbed by the American Nurses Association is Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit. We salute nurses everywhere for their commitment to patients and the healing they bring.
There are many reasons that, for 15 years running, nurses have ranked on the national Gallup poll as the most honest and trustworthy of professionals. Most of us have experienced the care of a nurse – either as a patient or the family or friends of a patient. Nurses are our advocates, our strong arms, our voice to a team of health care practitioners.
In recent years, the cumulative knowledge and experience of nurses led them to oversee larger aspects of health care. From running information technology and telehealth to serving on extended patient care teams, these are the women and men who see people through the best and worst times of their lives and carry a sensitivity that guides other health professions. By 2020, the United States is expected to need an additional 800,000 nurses. The profession is growing, changing, leading and informing the future of health care.
This week is National Nurses Week and at TWU, with a history of educating the nursing community that dates back to 1954, we have much to celebrate. The profession is a part of our historical and future mission. We are grateful to our many alumni who lead health care and advocate for the sickest among us and encourage wellness in all.
This week, we salute the TWU Nursing faculty and students at all three of our campuses, as well as our alumni serving in Texas and beyond. Our pride is great in all you do and achieve. Thank you, nurses, for all that you do for us!