In honor of National Nurses’ Week, May 6-12, Hadassah salutes its nurses who have volunteered their time and talents, even amidst difficult economic times, to positively impact others.
As our founder Henrietta Szold said, "The nurse…is the friend and servant of the public …her influence can be pervasive.” Nowhere do these words ring truer than at Hadassah Medical Organization, where extraordinary life saving work happens each and everyday because of the knowledge and expertise of our top rated nursing staff.
In America, Hadassah’s Task Force for Nursing, with support from Johnson & Johnson, is a national initiative to educate the general public and students of all ages about the importance of the nursing profession. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a shortage of almost 1 million nurses by 2016. Hadassah’s Task Force for Nursing encourages caring, talented, bright women and men to consider nursing as an exciting career opportunity in the hopes of reducing the severe dearth of both nurses and nursing faculty around the United States.
Now in its sixth year, Hadassah’s Task Force for Nursing has sent member nurses all across the country. These nurses speak about their profession to students in grades from elementary to college. Hadassah nurses discuss different degree programs, salary tracks, and career options for potential nurses. Hadassah’s Task Force for Nursing has currently reached over 7,000 students.
Hadassah’s Task Force for Nursing also seeks to inspire current nurses to become university professors and teach their craft to the next generation. In June 1990, our current National President Nancy Falchuk co-founded the Hadassah National Center for Nurses Council, the first and still only national professional organization for Jewish nurses. This Center was created to meet the special educational, social and professional concerns of American Jewish Nurses, as well as to establish a national partnership with the Nursing School and Nursing Division at the Hadassah Medical Organization.
To all our nurses, in the U.S., Israel and around the world—thank you for taking care of us today for a healthier tomorrow!
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