R 223
2020 -- S 2885
Enacted 06/18/2020

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senator Dominick J. Ruggerio
Date Introduced: June 17, 2020

     WHEREAS, National Nurses Week is a time to recognize and honor this year's theme “A
Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health." It is also a time to acknowledge and express our
heartfelt gratitude to our State’s brave, dedicated, and determined nurses who are on the frontlines
day after day, working to save the lives of our loved ones during the global COVID-19 pandemic;
     WHEREAS, Registered nurses in the United States constitute this nation's largest
healthcare profession; and
     WHEREAS, The depth and breadth of the registered nursing profession have met and
exceeded the different and emerging health care needs of the American population during this
pandemic and in a wide range of settings; and
     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 requiring 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 for playing a
pivotal role in addressing the concerns and quelling community fears during the current
pandemic; and
     WHEREAS, The demand for registered nursing services is greater than ever, due to the
aging of the American population, the continuing expansion of life-sustaining technologies, the
explosive growth of home health care services, and the need to develop coordinated networking
to prevent and contain new and emergent widespread infectious diseases; 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 across the world; 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, 2020, as "National Nurses Week"; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this Senate moreover urges all the residents of the State to join in
honoring and thanking the registered nurses who have selflessly cared for us all, and to celebrate
their efforts and accomplishments in improving our health care system, 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, the United
Nurses & Allied Professionals, and the Rhode Island State Nurses Association.