Happy Nurses Week! Happy NAC Day!

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare®

National Nurses Week begins on May 6th and ends on May 12th each year.  May 12, 1820 is the day Florence Nightingale was born.  She has long been considered the founder of modern nursing. 

The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that there are 4,148,730 active professional nurses in the United States today. RNs total 3,316,111 with LPNs totaling 832,619.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) defines nursing as “the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.”  Nurses quite literally provide care from birth through death.  Nurses are the backbone of all healthcare settings from labor and delivery to all areas of any acute care hospital, skilled/long-term care facilities and senior living communities, home health agencies, public health settings, clinics, physician offices, surgical suites, hospice settings, schools – the list of settings where nurses are found is seemingly endless.

For the 15th straight year, nurses were ranked 1st in the list of professions that Americans trust most in terms of honesty and ethics.  (Gallup Poll)

One of the “newer” roles available to nurses is that of Nurse Assessment Coordinator or NAC.  The nurse in this role is accountable for coordinating the interdisciplinary assessment and care planning process in SNF/LTC facilities in order to promote each resident’s quality of life and care.  The resident’s dignity, wellness, safety, individuality, satisfaction and autonomy is paramount throughout this process.  The NAC influences and shares responsibility for PPS and case-mix reimbursement, quality measures, the state survey process and regulatory compliance on a daily basis.  May 9th is the day we recognize the role of the NAC in long-term care.

Briggs Healthcare® salutes all nurses throughout the country this and every week.
Thanks for all that you do!

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