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PA Hospitals Celebrate National Nurses Week

May 06, 2021

Today, hospitals across the commonwealth are kicking off their celebrations for National Nurses Week, recognizing the critical role nurses play in our communities and the outstanding care they provide to patients every day.

This year’s celebration begins today and runs through May 12. National Nurses Week carries an added layer of significance this year, as we recognize the indispensable and heroic efforts of the commonwealth’s nursing workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nursing remains among the most trusted professions in the world, having topped Gallup's Honesty and Ethics survey every year but one since being added in 1999. The results from the most recent poll indicated nearly 90 percent of people rated nurses as “high” or “very high” for their honesty and ethical standards.

Throughout May, the American Nurses Association is highlighting the ways nurses make a difference while providing weekly resources about self-care, professional development, community engagement, and the nursing workforce.

HAP joins the nationwide effort to salute our nurses during National Nurses Week and throughout year. In Pennsylvania, HAP continues to advocate for policies and legislation that support our nursing workforce, such as legislation allowing advanced practice professionals to practice at the top of their license and other efforts to invest in continuing education and training.

Through the Health Care Talent Task Force, HAP and the health care community collaborate to identify challenges and opportunities to promote Pennsylvania’s health care workforce.

HAP encourages residents, patients, hospitals, and community leaders to join the celebration of our nursing workforce this week. More information about National Nurses Week is available online.