“The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is pleased that this year, National Nurses Week is focusing inward on the health and wellbeing of nurses, the largest group of health care professionals.
This year’s theme, Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit, and the designation of 2017 as the Year of the Healthy Nurse is a welcome reminder that nurses need to prioritize their own health to best help model positive health and wellness behaviors.
The clinical nurse specialist, one of the four types of advance practice registered nurses, works across the spectrum of care—from the bedside, directly with patients and families, to collaborating with nurses and other disciplines, and to the executive suites with system leadership. Working across these spheres gives CNSs a unique opportunity to be a model throughout the health system of the importance of becoming healthier in mind, body and spirit.
NACNS is proud to be a part of this annual recognition of nurses. We will continue to work with the American Nurses Association and other nursing and health professional organizations to ensure voices of nurses are represented and amplified in all discussions about health and health care in our nation.”
Note: National Nurses Week began on May 6, RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.
Vince Holly, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS is the President of the 2017-2018 NACNS Board of Directors.