Celebrating Nurses Week
As part of National Nurses Week, the thousands of nurses employed by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and local health departments across the state are working to spread an important message to all Kentuckians about preventive health - it’s time to get serious about physical activity, nutrition and saying no to tobacco.
Nurses Week, which was created to promote the important role of nurses in American health care and government, will be observed this year May 4–8 around the country as a way to honor the contribution of nurses to health care, the delivery of clinical services, nursing and health education, public health and health policy. In addition to a week of continuing education and staff promotional events, nurses on staff at CHFS also wanted to use the observance as a platform to help educate Kentuckians about various ways to sustain long-term health.
“As nurses who work in the public sector, we are constantly focused on new programs and initiatives that reach people suffering from chronic disease like diabetes, cancer and heart disease,” said Rosie Miklavcic, chief nursing officer for the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH). “Because of the devastating effects of these diseases on the people of our state, we must do all we can through programs - like the dozens of disease prevention and education programs offered through our local health departments - to prevent diseases before they strike.”
Throughout the week, nurses employed by CHFS will engage in various activities, including a continuing education class on influenza, a health walk and a nurses’ tea.
“We are using the week as a way to celebrate the profession of nursing and the contribution of each nurse employed by CHFS and local health departments,” said Miklavcic. “But we also want to use the observance as a time to speak with a collective voice about ways Kentuckians can improve their health and well-being. Emphasizing a wellness model that incorporates physical activity, nutrition and tobacco cessation and prevention components is extremely important to improving the health of our state.”
Miklavcic encouraged anyone interested in learning more about incorporating more physical activity into their life, improving nutrition or quitting smoking to contact the local health department in their county.
“It’s possible to live well and feel good every day, but it takes a commitment and the right lifestyle,” said Miklavcic. “What better way to celebrate Nurses Week in Kentucky than making a change to improve the health of not only yourself, but also your family and loved ones.”