As the year comes to a close, let’s take a look at some of the notable nurse news, some triumphant and some devastating. But all will, in some way, shape and mold the nursing profession.
In April, Nurse leaders from around the country joined with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to support the hundreds of thousands of veterans who come home from Afghanistan suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. More than 3 million nurses will be educated and trained in the treatment of PTSD and TBI. Says the First Lady, “Whether we’re in a hospital, a doctor’s office or a community health center, nurses are often the first people we see when we walk through the door. Because of their expertise, they are trusted to be the frontline of America’s health care system.”
In June, The ANA applauded the Supreme Court decision that deemed the Affordable Care Act constitutional. To learn more about the Supreme Court ruling and how it will affect patients and nurses, read more here.“The American Nurse: Photographs and Interviews by Carolyn Jones”
October marked the release of The American Nurse, a visual portrait of nurses working on the front lines of healthcare. Also in October, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, nurses played an enormous role in caring for the many victims.
In November, a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation was published. It looked at factors associated with nurses who go back to school to pursue a higher degree. They hope to use the findings to fuel the movement to continue the pursuance of higher education in nursing.
And unfortunately at the end of this year, several tragic losses occurred. The nursing profession has suffered deeply and these lives deserve recognition and honor.
Jacintha Saldana took her own life on Dec. 7, after finding herself amidst the terrible Royal Hoax scandal. While just days later, two transport nurses Karen Hollis and Jim Dillow, along with seasoned pilot Andy Olesen, lost their lives on Dec. 10 as they headed out on a Medevac mission.
And I simply cannot fail to mention the tragic loss of 26 innocent lives on Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. A fresh open wound that will take a very long time to heal, so long that I don’t believe it will happen in our lifetime.
Wishing you peace and good health as we move forward into the New Year. May 2013 be a year for the 20 million nurses in this world to make their contributions to humanity, small and large.