R 267
2019 -- S 0857
Enacted 05/07/2019

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Miller, Goldin, Crowley, McCaffrey, and Goodwin
Date Introduced: May 07, 2019

     WHEREAS, National Nurses Week is a time to recognize and honor this year's theme "4
Million Reasons to Celebrate" as a nod to nurses' sheer numbers and to extend an open thank you
and acknowledgement to #ThankNurse for enriching our lives and the world in which we live;
     WHEREAS, Registered nurses in the United States constitute this 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;
     WHEREAS, The American Nurses Association, as the voice for registered nurses across
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
better utilization of all our nation's registered nursing resources; and
     WHEREAS, Professional nursing has demonstrated itself to be an indispensable
component in providing safety and quality of care for 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
technologies, 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 country; and
     WHEREAS, The cost-effective, safe, and high-quality health care services provided by
registered nurses will be an increasingly important component of the United States health care
delivery system in the future; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby joins the American Nurses Association in celebrating the week of May 6th through May
12th, 2019, as "National Nurses Week"; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this Senate moreover urges all the residents of the State to join in
honoring the registered nurses who care for us all, and to celebrate their efforts to improve our
health care system and their accomplishments, not just during this week, but 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 American Nurses Association.