To kick off National Nurses Week, mayors Kitty Piercy of Eugene, Ore., and Christine Lundberg of Springfield, Ore., have signed proclamations expressing appreciation for local nurses and their growing roles in healthcare delivery, according to a press release from PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, Springfield.
The proclamations highlight some key points related to nursing today, including:
Nursing is the nations largest healthcare profession, with 3.1 million registered nurses in the U.S., according to the release.
More qualified RNs will be needed in the future to meet the increasingly complex needs of healthcare consumers in the community.
The cost-effective, safe and quality healthcare services provided by RNs will be an increasingly important component of U.S. healthcare.
As the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented nurses will be more crucial than ever, Heather Wall, RN, MSN, interim CNO at PeaceHealth, said in the release. Nurses with advanced degrees, such as nurse practitioners, are providing primary care services and managing chronic illnesses. Demand for nursing care will only continue to grow, with baby boomer enrollment in Medicare expected to increase 50% by 2025 and with millions of individuals obtaining new or better access to care under the healthcare reform law.
The federal government projects more than 1 million new RNs will be needed by 2022 to fill new jobs and replace RNs who leave the profession, according to the release.