By Angel MedFlight Contributor
Nurses work on the front lines of Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Service in our flight coordination department. Critical care flight nurses are aboard our medical transport flights. In fact they touch virtually all of our departments and they at the core of our Bedside-to-Bedside® service. May 6-12 is National Nurses Week and we take this time to salute all registered nurses and their dedicated service.
According to the American Nurses Association a “National Nurse Week” was first observed in October of 1954. The year marked the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale serving as nurse during the Crimean War. Ohio congresswoman Frances P. Bolton sponsored a bill for a nurse week and it was introduced into Congress in 1955 but no action was taken. It wasn’t until 1974 that a National Nurse Week was designated by the White House and President Nixon issued a proclamation.
The ANA is using this National Nurses Week to emphasize quality care and innovation. American Nurses Association President Karen A. Daley says in a press release, “This year, we’re recognizing nurses’ impact on elevating the quality of care through innovation and using data to devise more effective care strategies. This work contributes to our ultimate goal: better quality health care for all.”
We also emphasize quality patient care and innovation at Angel MedFlight. Julie Longmire is our Clinical Liaison and a registered nurse. She says this emphasis can be easily seen just by surveying the makeup of our staff. “Every patient encounter involves both direct and indirect care from nurses, from the first contact with one of our nurse case managers, to the transport conducted by our critical flight nurses,” says Longmire.
Angel MedFlight is innovative in that nearly every department at our worldwide air ambulance company is represented by nurses of varying backgrounds and skill set, including nurse case managers, nursing researchers, even nurse attorneys. Longmire says, “As a nurse and proud member of the AMF team, I see emphasis on quality health care every day. As nurses here, we are empowered to care for each and every one of our patients with duty and compassion, just as we would at the bedside.”
Nurses make up the largest health care workforce with over 3 million professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing is projected to grow faster than all other occupations with more than 700,000 new RN jobs by 2020. But the ANA website points out that “a convergence of demographics — an aging population of nurses who will soon leave the workforce coupled with the demands of an overall aging nation — will widen the gap between the supply of nurses and the growing demand for health care services.”
Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance recognizes the importance of an increasing nursing workforce and salutes these health care professionals during National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.