President Matassa proclaims National Nurses Week

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Photo: Left to right - Back row: Council members Daniel Satterlee, Randy Clouatre, Aaron Lawler, Bill Dawson, Oliver Joseph, Todd Lambert, and Benny Johnson. Front row: Kathy Achee, RN; Staci Berry, RN; Laeisha Barnes, RN; Stephanie Boudreaux, RN; Angela Petrakis, RN; Yvonne Pellerin, RN; President Kenny Matassa; Toni Dantonio, RN; Charla Johnson, RN; Melissa Krass, RN; Susan Waguespack, RN; and Council member Teri Casso.

President Kenny Matassa has proclaimed the week of May 6 – 12 as National Nurses Week in Ascension Parish.

According to the proclamation, the nearly 3.6 million registered nurses in the United States constitute the nation’s largest health care profession. The depth and breadth of the registered nursing profession meet the different and emerging health care needs of the American population in a wide range of settings, and the American Nurses Association, as the voice for the registered nurses of this country, is working to chart a new course for a healthy nation that relies on increasing delivery of primary and preventive health care.

The proclamation goes on to state that a renewed emphasis on primary and preventive health care will require better utilization of all of our nation’s registered nursing resources, and professional nursing has been demonstrated to be an indispensable component of the safety and quality of care of hospitalized patients. The demand for registered nursing services will be greater than ever because of the aging of the American population, the continuing expansion of life-sustaining technologies, and the explosive growth of home health care services, and more qualified registered nurses will be needed in the future to meet the increasingly complex needs of health care consumers in this community.

The cost-effective, safe, and high-quality health care services provided by registered nurses will be an increasingly important component of the U.S. health care delivery system in the future, and in celebration of nurses who lead the charge for health and wellness, St. Elizabeth Hospital, along with the American Nurses Association, has declared May 6-12th as National Nurses Week, with the theme “Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence."

Contributed by Ascension Parish Government