May 7, 2014 —
ALBANY, NY — Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther announced passage of a resolution she sponsored proclaiming May 6 to May 12, 2014 Nurses Week in the State of New York.
“Nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system, and, as our population ages, the need for nurses will continue to increase,” said Gunther, the only registered nurse serving in the New York State Assembly.
According to Gunther, the Assembly has shown incredible support for nurses, from ending mandatory overtime to including in this year’s budget Safe Patient Handling, legislation critical to improving the quality of care patients receive, protecting nurses from avoidable injuries and reducing workers compensation costs for health care facilities.
The state recognition of nurses coincides with National Nurses Week, which is recognized in hospitals and other healthcare facilities across the nation.