NAHC and HHNA Celebrate Nurses during National Nurses Week

NAHC and HHNA Celebrate Nurses during National Nurses Week

May 5, 2014 02:22 PM


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Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
(202) 547-7424


Washington, DC (May 6, 2014)—To celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6-12), the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) salute nursing as our country’s most trustworthy field. Americans share our faith in nurses, according to Gallup’s 2013 survey of “Honesty/Ethics in Professions.”

Eighty-two percent of those polled rated nurses’ honesty and ethical standards as “very high” or “high.” Nursing came in 12 points above any other profession, a result that should come as no surprise. Nurses have topped the list for 14 of the past 15 years.

“Nurses consistently get these top marks because of their empathy, professionalism, and compassion,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. To mark this year’s National Nurses Week, he has listed his all-time favorite nurses:

  • Florence Nightingale responded to a divine call by providing health care for the ill. She would make nursing a respected profession, and a personal mission, based on her belief that you should “simply do the thing that is good in itself.”
  • Clara Barton was an angel of the battlefield who nursed soldiers during the Civil War. Afterward, she founded the American Red Cross to fight wars, disasters, and “any evil that is adding to the sum of human suffering or diminishing the sum of happiness.”
  • Lillian Wald organized volunteers to nurse immigrants at home in turn-of the-century New York. The experience led her to earn fame as the mother of American home care and inspire millions with these words: “Nursing is love in action, and there is no finer manifestation of it than the care of the poor and disabled in their own homes.”
  • Annie Wauneka was a leader of the Navajo Nation and activist for public health. She convinced her people to accept Western medical ways, improved their sanitary conditions, and defeated tuberculosis in the tribes. Her crusade demanded endless work, but she knew that “if something is not right, you must do something about it.”
  • Mother Teresa was teaching English at a Calcutta convent when she heard God’s call to serve him among the poorest of the poor. With the pope’s approval, she founded a religious order to care for the dying and ill. “We are in the same business,” she told Halamandaris when they met in 1985. “I am a home care and hospice nurse.”

“Like these wonderful icons, today’s nurses deserve our profound respect,” Halamandaris said, which is why NAHC and HHNA have launched the third annual Nurse Recognition Program. Nominations are now being accepted to honor top home care and hospice nurses from across the country. One nurse will be recognized from each state and one of those 50 nurses will be chosen as Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year. Home care and hospice agencies that are NAHC members may submit nominees to represent their state for 2014. To be eligible, a nominee must be a registered nurse now employed by a home care or hospice agency that belongs to NAHC.

“We intend for the winners to serve as role models who will inspire their peers to become leaders in enhancing the quality of health care, preserving the standards of nursing, and expanding opportunities in the profession,” said Elaine Stephens, RN, chairman of HHNA.

Both NAHC and HHNA are committed to building the future of American nursing. Their ongoing recognition program will collect stories of special home care and hospice nurses who have served their agencies by providing exceptional care, reducing hospital readmissions, and changing their patients’ lives. The nurses will be highlighted in CARING and have their registration fee waived at the NAHC Annual Meetingon October 19 – 22, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona. To nominate a nurse for the 2014 recognition program, visit or

To view the Gallup survey, go to


About NAHC
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more about NAHC, visit


About HHNA

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 brought HHNA in as an affiliate in 1999. The HHNA also serves as an advisory resource to NAHC on issues of importance to home care and hospice nurses. To learn more about HHNA, visit