06-R 246

2006 -- S 3086

Enacted 05/09/06


S E N A T E  R E S O L U T I O N




     Introduced By: Senator Joseph M. Polisena

     Date Introduced: May 09, 2006



     WHEREAS, The 2.9 million registered nurses in the United States comprise our nation's

largest health care profession; and

     WHEREAS, The depth and breadth of the registered nursing profession meets the

different and emerging health care needs of the American population in a wide range of settings;


     WHEREAS, The American Nurses Association, as the voice for the registered nurses of

this country, is working to chart a new course for a healthy nation that relies on increasing

delivery of primary and preventative health care; and

     WHEREAS, A renewed emphasis on primary and preventative health care will require

the better utilization of all of our nation's registered 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 registered 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 registered nurses will be needed in the future to meet the

increasingly complex needs of health care consumers in this community; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

hereby recognizes the week of May 6th-12th as "National Nurses Week", with this year's theme

of "Nurses: Strength, Commitment, Compassion." We urge all the citizens of Rhode Island to join

us in honoring the registered nurses who care for all of us; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the Rhode Island State Nurses Association.