2014 S 2984

Enacted 05/07/14

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N


Introduced By: Representatives Bennett, McNamara, Hull, Shekarchi, and Morin

Date Introduced: May 07, 2014


WHEREAS, The nearly three 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 meet the different and emerging health care needs of the American population in a wide range of settings; and

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 preventive health care; and  

WHEREAS, A renewed emphasis on primary and preventive 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; and  

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

RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby joins the Rhode Island State Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association in recognizing the week of May 6th through May 12th of 2014, as "National Nurses Week" in celebration of the ways in which registered nurses strive to provide safe and high-quality patient care and map out improvements to our health care system; and be it further            

RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives hereby urges the residents of this state to join us in honoring the registered nurses who care for all of us. We furthermore celebrate registered nursing's accomplishments and efforts to improve our health care system and extend our appreciation for the nation's registered nurses not just during this week, but also at every opportunity throughout the year; and be it further 

RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the Rhode Island State Nurses Association.