Governor Proclaims May as Nurses Month

Nurses advocate for patients, show compassion for family members, and provide encouragement and hope during challenging times, which is why Gov. Jim Justice said he issued a proclamation declaring May as Nurses Month.
“This proclamation is important to nurses because it demonstrates the recognition of the nursing profession and the impact nurses make through their commitment to provide care for all people throughout our state,” said Heidi Edwards, chief nursing officer and vice president and administrator of CAMC General Hospital.
“We are pleased to celebrate Nurses Week and Nurses Month in May to honor the nurses who go above and beyond for our patients,” said Dr. Krystal Atkinson, chief nursing executive at Mon Health System.
“Our nurses remain steadfast in providing compassionate care through hardships and we could not be more grateful for their commitment to enhancing the health of the communities we serve, one person at a time.”
Celebrated between May 6, National Nurses Day, and May 12, the birthdate of Florence Nightingale (the founder of modern nursing), Nurses Week gives everyone the opportunity to thank nurses for their dedication to patient care.
Nurses represent the state’s largest health care profession and serve on the front line of health care, especially during the pandemic.
Nursing also is the largest group of health care professionals that the American public consistently ranks as the most honest and ethical.
The demand for registered nursing services continues to grow due to the aging population, emerging health challenges, the continuing expansion of life-sustaining technologies and the growth of home health care services.