October 11-17, 2020: Emergency Nurses Week

WHEREAS, there are approximately 167,000 emergency nurses in the United States with expertise in caring for emergency patients, from ushering life at birth to allowing for a dignified death; and,

WHEREAS, emergency nurses are highly trained to recognize life-threatening problems and solve them on the spot, playing a vital role in treating patients in emergency situations, caring for those most in need, and saving lives on a daily basis; and,

WHEREAS, emergency nurses collectively showed their bravery and selflessness in one of the most challenging years in modern history by treating patients in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic; and,

WHEREAS, these characteristics, along with their critical thinking skills and knowledge of evidence-based practices, help to provide critical and complex care within a limited timeframe to patients  of all ages and backgrounds; and,

WHEREAS, many throughout the country have joined together to honor the extraordinary acts of service, compassion, and commitment that emergency nurses provide to patients every day;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 11-17, 2020, as Emergency Nurses Week in Michigan.