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National Nurses Week is a time to celebrate and reflect on the evolving role of nurses and their significant impact on the health care system. As frontline caregivers, nurses face a myriad of challenges, yet they continue to lead and innovate, shaping the future of health care with their resilience and pioneering spirit.

Addressing Nurse Compensation

The establishment of the Commission for Nurse Reimbursement in 2023 marks a significant shift in the financial recognition of nurses within the health care system. Historically, nursing services have been bundled into the general costs of health care, much like hospital supplies, leading to undervaluation and lack of visibility in the billing process. This commission, led by co-chairs Rebecca Love, RN, BS, MSN, FIEL, and Sharon Pearce, DNP, CRNA, FAANA, FAAN, was formed in response to a critical staffing shortage and aims to transform nursing care into a billable service. By advocating for changes in how Medicare and other entities reimburse for nursing services, the commission seeks to elevate the financial stature of nursing, enhancing job satisfaction, and retention, and ultimately stabilizing health care services. This initiative not only acknowledges the indispensable role of nurses but also strives to create a sustainable work environment that attracts and retains skilled professionals

Combating Workplace Violence

Workplace safety is another critical issue in the nursing sector, particularly the rising incidents of violence that nurses face. On average, two nurses per hour are assaulted in acute care settings, underscoring the urgent need for better protection. Strategies to combat this include training staff in de-escalation techniques, implementing stricter security protocols, and establishing support systems for those affected by violence. Ensuring the safety of nurses is crucial for allowing them to provide the best possible care to their patients.

Policy Engagement: Amplifying Nurses' Voices

Nurses play a vital role in health care policymaking, given their direct patient care experience and patient-centered perspectives. Their active participation in legislative discussions helps ensure that health policies are practical and effectively implemented. Nurses advocate for policies that reflect the realities of patient care, steering the health care system toward more effective and humane outcomes.

Nurse Researchers: Pioneers of Innovation

Nurse researchers are at the forefront of refining nursing practices and introducing innovations that improve patient outcomes. Their work in 2024 is particularly vital as they research staffing models, patient care techniques, and the integration of new technologies such as digital health records and predictive analytics tools. These innovations are transforming everyday nursing practices, making health care more effective and responsive.

Embracing Technological Innovations

The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Telehealth has been a game-changer in health care delivery, spearheaded by nurses. AI enhances diagnostic accuracy and treatment protocols by analyzing vast amounts of patient data. Telehealth, on the other hand, expands access to medical services, especially in remote or underserved areas, ensuring timely and efficient care. These technologies provide nurses with tools that augment their clinical skills and allow for better care across various settings.


As we observe National Nurses Week, it is essential to acknowledge the adaptability and innovative spirit of nurses globally. Despite numerous challenges, they continue to lead in the health care sector. With initiatives like the Commission for Nurse Reimbursement and the adoption of new technologies like AI, nurses are setting new standards in health care delivery. This week, and every week, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting and empowering the nursing profession as it continues to navigate these transformative times. From bedside care to research labs, nurses play an indispensable role in enhancing our health care system.


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Kathryn Riman, Ph.D., R.N.

Postdoctoral Scholar - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Kathryn Riman, PhD, RN is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University... Read Bio

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Jamie Smith, Ph.D., R.N.

Postdoctoral research fellow- Johns Hopkins University - Thomas Jefferson University

Jamie Smith, Ph.D., R.N., is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Health Services and Outcomes Research for ... Read Bio

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