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2020 is the Year of the Nurse, unfortunately it is also been the year of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, with nurses on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19, it seems inappropriate to casually salute nurses with a Happy Nurses Week!
However, as we at the Office of Health Information Technology, Arkansas Department of Health thought about it, though the Year of the Nurse and Nurses Week 2020 are taking place during a more somber than expected time, this year really has shown the public nurses' capabilities. For the past 18 years, the public has ranked nurses as the No. 1 profession when it comes to honesty and ethics in Gallup's annual poll, so nurses have held the public's respect for almost two decades. But this year, nurses have gone above and beyond what the public imagines they do. They have had to change the way they function daily.
The COVID-19 pandemic is something no one imagined going through. Even though it is exhausting a times, we hope that someday we will ALL be able to look back and find a way this experience changed for healthcare for the positive.
We are not going to say, "Happy Nurses Week." Instead, we at the Office of Health Information Technology, Arkansas Department of Health are telling nurses:
- You are strong.
- You are amazing.
- You are indispensable.
- You are role models.
- Thank you!