Whereas, the more than 15,000 registered nurses, 1,300 nurse practitioners, and 4,500 licensed practical nurses from Erie county and 3.4 million registered nurses nationally are not only the cornerstone of patient care, but are also leaders in improving the quality of care and seeking ways to continue increasing access to care; and
Whereas, 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
Whereas, the Professional Nurses Association of WNY is the voice for the registered nurses in this area. The association is working to chart a new course for a healthy nation that relies on increasing delivery of primary and preventative health care; and
Whereas, the Professional Nurses Association of WNY has supported the aim of the highest quality patient care since its founding in 1919. This year the Professional Nurses Association of WNY will celebrate its 100 Anniversary and the many contributions nurses make every day for their patients; and
Whereas, a renewed emphasis on primary and preventative health care will require better utilization of our entire nation’s registered nursing resources. Professional nursing has been demonstrated to be an indispensable component of the safety and quality of care of all patients; and
Whereas, nurses connect individual, team and organizational safety goals in all healthcare settings. 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.
Now therefore, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Professional Nurses Association of WNY, I hereby declare the week of May 6-12, 2019 as National Nurses Week in Erie County.
Given under my hand and the Privy Seal of the County of Erie, State of New York in the City of Buffalo this sixth day of May in the year two thousand and nineteen.
County of Erie, State of New York
Mark C. Poloncarz, Erie County Executive