National Nursesí Week


 Whereas,     the 2000 nurses at UVa Health System and 450 at Martha Jefferson, are part of our nation's largest health care profession; and


Whereas,     the depth and breadth of the nursing profession meets the different and emerging health care needs of the American population in a wide range of settings; and


Whereas,     a renewed emphasis on primary and preventive health care will require the better utilization of all of our nation's nursing resources; and


Whereas,     professional nursing has been demonstrated to be an indispensable component in the safety and quality of care of hospitalized patients; and


Whereas,     the demand for nursing services will be greater than ever because of the aging of the American population, the continuing expansion of life-sustaining technology, and the explosive growth of home health care services; and


Whereas,     more qualified nurses will be needed in the future to meet the increasingly complex needs of health care consumers in this community; and


Whereas,     the cost-effective, safe and quality health care services provided by nurses will be an ever more important component of the U.S. health care delivery system in the future; and


Whereas,     along with the American Nurses Association, the Virginia Nurses Association District 7 and the UVa Professional Nursing Staff Organization have declared the week of May 6 through May 12, 2006 as NATIONAL NURSES WEEK with the theme "Nurses: Strength, Commitment, Compassion" in celebration of the ways in which nurses strive to provide safe and high quality patient care and map out the way to improve our health care system;


Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, that I, Dennis S. Rooker, Chairman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, ask that all residents of this community join me in honoring the nurses who care for all of us; and


Be It Further Resolved, that the residents of Albemarle County, Virginia, celebrate nursing's accomplishments and efforts to improve our health care system and show our appreciation for the nation's nurses not just during this week, but at every opportunity throughout the year. 


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