Yesterday, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) led a bipartisan, bicameral resolution designating this week, May 6-12, 2022, as National Nurses Week. The resolution recognizes the dedication of nurses and celebrates the critical contributions nurses make to providing safe, quality healthcare in West Virginia and across the country.
"Nurses across America and West Virginia continue to ensure Americans can access the quality, affordable healthcare they need during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond," said Senator Manchin. "We are forever grateful to our nurses for their tireless dedication to their patients and our communities. I am proud to lead this bipartisan, bicameral resolution designating the week of May 6-12, 2022 as National Nurses Week to honor and thank nurses across the Mountain State for their critical contributions."
"Our nurses in West Virginia go above and beyond, providing important medical services to those who need it most. I can never thank them enough for their service and action, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic," Senator Capito said. "For years, I have worked to bolster the resources available to our nursing programs, and helped create programs at universities that didn't have an established nursing school. Nursing is such an important profession, and I'm proud to join my colleagues in recognizing their dedication and hard work."
Senators Manchin and Capito were joined by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), John Boozman (R-AR), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Ben Lujan (D-NM), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Steven Daines (M-MT), Tina Smith (D-MN), John Hoeven (R-ND), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), David Joyce (R-OH), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), John Yarmuth (D-KY), Don Bacon (R-NE), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Nanette Barragan (D-CA), Tom Suozzi (D-NY), Cindy Axne (D-IA), Bobby Rush (D-IL), Alma Adams (D-NC), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Danny Davis (R-IL), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), John Larson (D-CT), Dean Phillips (D-MN), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Michael San Nicolas (D-GU, At Large), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Tom O'Halleran (D-AZ), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Stacey Plaskett (D-VI, At Large), Scott Peters (D-CA), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Sean Maloney (D-NY), David Cicilline (D-RI), Dwight Evans (D-PA), Mark Takano (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Mondaire Jones (D-NY), David Trone (D-MD), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Peter Welch (D-VT, At Large), Judy Chu (D-CA), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Nydia Velazquez (D-NY).
Nurses represent the single largest component of the healthcare professions, with an estimated 4 million registered nurses in the United States. The resolution recognizes the importance of nurses in providing quality care, conducting medical research, tailoring care to each community and individual needs, eliminating public health disparities, promoting healthy lifestyles, and more, all while continuing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the resolution recognizes the need to strengthen nursing workforce development and education, and calls upon all Americans to recognize and celebrate National Nurses Week.