October 10-16, 2021: Emergency Nurses Week

WHEREAS, there are approximately 167,000 emergency nurses in the United States who have expertise in caring for all emergency patients across the spectrum of the lifespan, ushering life in at birth and 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 show their passion as they persist in the face of adversity. No matter who comes through the door, they are willing to care for their patients to the best of their ability. They embody the word grit; and,


WHEREAS, these characteristics provide a broad scope of practice for the delivery of critical and complex care within a limited timeframe to healthcare consumers of all ages and backgrounds. Emergency nurses integrate critical thinking skills and knowledge of evidence-based practice into their delivery of care and decision-making; and,


WHEREAS, through research, education, and emergency nursing advocacy, the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) supports and honors the advancement of emergency nurses everywhere; and,


WHEREAS, ENA, the ENA Foundation, and other groups around our 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 10-16, 2021, as Emergency Nurses Week in Michigan.