Now more than ever, the world has come to see how much nursing matters, and the work that we do – that you do - is critically important. Never has the value of nurses and nursing been so front and center.
As we celebrate, the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale on May 12th, as well as National Nurses Week (extended to National Nurses Month to honor nurses battling on the front lines of COVID-19), and the Year of the Nurse & Midwife, I want to recognize the extraordinary mix of science, healing arts and research, along with skill, caring, courage, creativity, resilience and fearless advocacy that nursing entails.
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated just how valuable nurses are. You see it in the news and on the social media channels -- stories of the extraordinary efforts nurses are undertaking to treat patients hospitalized with coronavirus complications and their willingness to report for duty in high-risk conditions. Several of our own alumni and current APRN students have been honored as #BruinHeroes by the UCLA Alumni Association. Since May 6, we have honored alumni and current students who are on the front lines on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. When I see these posts, my heart soars with pride at the commitment, dedication and compassion these individuals show.
I hope that each of you take pride in our profession and in the School of Nursing. Every day, you provide the care that comforts and saves lives, you encourage prevention and foster wellness in our diverse communities, you help to support and educate the next generation of nurses and contribute to the science of nursing and health. You touch the lives of individuals, families, and the community.
I applaud you all! Bruin Strong!