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 countrys most trustworthy field. Americans share our faith in nurses, according to Gallups 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 years 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 Gods call to serve him among the poorest of the poor. With the popes 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.”
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 National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nations 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 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 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 www.hhna.org.