NAHC Announces Finalists for Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year Award
Voting Begins July 16 for Top Home Care & Hospice Nurse
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Barbara D. Woolley
WASHINGTON, DC (July 16, 2013) The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) announced the top 10 finalists who will compete to be Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year. Now NAHC and HHNA invite their members, affiliated state associations, and the general public to go to www.nahc.org and vote for the winner on July 16 through August 13, 2013. The 2013 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year will be announced at the NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition on October 31 – November 3, 2013. The winner will join NAHC members and peers when the meeting convenes at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC.
It is most appropriate that we make the effort to identify and celebrate the best among us, the nurses who distinguish themselves by the size of their hearts, by their professionalism and by their work ethic, said Andrea L. Devoti, RN, chairman of the NAHC Board of Directors. Our focus is to highlight the impact that nurses make day in and day out in homes across the country, despite the challenges they face.
Its time for the public to honor nurses and thank them for all they contribute, said Elaine D. Stephens, RN, chairman of the HHNA. And its our chance to remind everyone how hard it is for nurses to do their vital work while facing senseless cutes in reimbursement.
HHNA joined with NAHC in launching the 2nd annual Nurse Recognition Program to help identify the top home care and hospice nurses in the nation. HHNA received numerous nominations for home care and hospice nurses nationwide who provide exceptional care, reduce hospital readmissions, and make a difference in patients lives.
An expert committee chose the 50 state winners, and narrowed them down to the 10 top contenders, based on an essay about each nurse and a thoughtful evaluation. These 50 state nurses will be featured in an upcoming issue of CARING Magazine and will be invited to the NAHC Annual Meeting. Their registration fees will be waived, and they will be honored at a reception. The one who is chosen Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year will also have their travel and hotel expenses paid, and receive a new Apple iPad. To view the top 10 honorees, go to www.nahc.org. Cast your vote for one of these 10 nurses who inspire us by their commitment to patients and by how much they love their work.
Love is the essence of nursing, said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. Nurses truly are angels of mercy; they make the difference between life and death on a daily basis. And they will be much needed in the future.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that nurses will be in high demand to meet the needs of the 78 million baby boomers who are reaching their retirement years. According to BLS, there are some 2.6 million registered nurses in the U.S. today, and that number is expected to grow 22 percent by 2018. Demographic change should lead to even greater growth in the number of home health and hospice nurses. Their ranks are forecast to increase by 33 percent as our country ages and more people require the services they provide.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nations 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org.
The Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) is an affiliate national professional nursing organization of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). HHNA originally started in 1993 as a forum for practitioners to discuss the professional, educational and conceptual aspects of home health nurses. NAHC re-launched HHNA in 2011. The HHNA also serves as an advisory resource to NAHC on issues of importance to home care and hospice nurses.