September 12-18, 2021: Nephrology Nurses Week

WHEREAS, nearly 30 million Americans suffer from kidney disease, and every year many Michigan citizens, including children, adults, and elderly individuals, are diagnosed with kidney disease; and,


WHEREAS, the depth and breadth of the nephrology nursing profession meets the different and emerging kidney disease and other health care needs of the population of Michigan; and,


WHEREAS, the American Nephrology Nurses Association is working to advance quality care for Americans with kidney disease before they suffer complete organ failure, as well as increase awareness in local communities, positively influence patient outcomes, and keep nephrology nurses abreast of the latest treatments and kidney-related research; and,


WHEREAS, nephrology nurses function as educators, direct caregivers, and coordinators to help patients manage their lives while effectively dealing with their health issues; and,


WHEREAS, the number of new patients diagnosed with kidney disease has doubled in each of the last two decades. The demand for nephrology nurses will continue to expand as this trend is expected to continue; and,


WHEREAS, more qualified nephrology nurses will be needed in the future to meet the increasingly complex needs of patients who are experiencing or are at risk for kidney disease; and,


WHEREAS, along with the American Nephrology Nurses Association, the Michiganna Chapter 312 has declared the week of September 12-18, 2021, as Nephrology Nurses Week to celebrate and honor the unselfish work nephrology nurses perform each day to maintain the health of thousands of individuals with kidney disease;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 12-18, 2021, as Nephrology Nurses Week and ask that all residents of Michigan join me in honoring the nephrology nurses who care for patients with kidney disease; be it further that the residents of Michigan celebrate nephrology nursing's efforts to advance patient care and reduce the incidence of kidney disease and show our appreciation for Michigan nephrology nurses not just during this week, but at every opportunity throughout the year.