WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) and Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) have introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing National Nurses Week for May 6-12, 2020. This annually observed week highlights the important contributions nurses make every day in the administration of health care for millions of Americans, especially during times of public health crisis such as the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.
“During this coronavirus pandemic, our nurses have proven time and time again their dedication, compassion, and expertise when delivering lifesaving medical care that our communities desperately need,” said Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. “As the first registered nurse elected to Congress, I am honored to lead this resolution with my colleague Representative Dave Joyce to recognize National Nurses Week for all the nurses serving throughout our nation in these challenging and unprecedented times.”
“As the husband of a hardworking nurse and as a Co-Chair of the Congressional Nursing Caucus, I am constantly reminded of the vital role nurses play in communities across the country,” said Congressman Dave Joyce. “Each year, National Nurses Week gives us the opportunity to honor our nation’s greatest unsung heroes. This year, however, is different. That’s why I am proud to join Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson in introducing this bipartisan resolution to not only recognize the important work nurses do, but also highlight how they willingly put themselves in harms way to care for their patients during pandemics like the one we are experiencing now with COVID-19. Their dedication to the health of our great nation is unmatched. To all the nurses who continue to work tirelessly to keep us healthy and safe, we thank you, we salute you, not only this week, but each and every day.”
This resolution highlights the contributions of our nation’s nurses, among which are that:
- Nurses represent the largest segment of the healthcare workforce, with an estimated population of more than 4,000,000 registered nurses in the United States.
- Nurses serve on the front lines, risking their lives treating the injured and sick during
wartime, natural disasters, and pandemics, including the COVID–19 pandemic.
- In 2020, National Nurses Week falls within the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, as designated by the World Health Organization.
- When nurse staffing levels increase, the risk of patient complications and length of hospital stays decrease, resulting in cost savings.
- Nurses are the cornerstone of the public health infrastructure, promoting healthy lifestyles and educating communities on disease prevention and health promotion.
- Nurses have been voted as the Nation’s most honest and ethical profession for the past 17 years.
The resolution has been endorsed by the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. It has been cosponsored by Representatives Tulsi Gabbard, Rodney Davis, Suzanne Bonamici, Brian Fitzpatrick, Sheila Jackson Lee, Joyce Beatty, Nanette Diaz Barragan, Yvette Clarke, David Trone, Alcee L. Hastings, Donald M. Payne Jr., David Price, Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr., Eleanor Holmes Norton, Stephen F. Lynch, Cindy Axne, Joe Neguse, Albio Sires, Chellie Pingree, Mark Takano, John Sarbanes, Raul M. Grijalva, Tim Ryan, Collin C. Peterson, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Tom Suozzi, Al Green, Alma S. Adams, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Dave Loebsack, Eliot L. Engel, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Debbie Dingell, Brenda L. Lawrence, Linda T. Sanchez, Andre Carson, Donna E. Shalala, John Yarmuth, Earl Blumenauer, and Steve Cohen.