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To Nurses Everywhere, We Say Thank You

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During National Nurses Week, we celebrate heroes who bring compassion, competence and courage to their jobs every day and for whom healing us and their communities is a calling.

No wonder Americans, year after year, cite nursing as among the professions they trust the most.

Nurses do so much more than just check vitals and administer shots. With great skill and training, they respond in dire situations, when we are most vulnerable. In an environment where the stakes are high and the margin for error is slim, they excel in the face of pressure and provide the healing touch even when things look grim.

Fair pay, improved safety standards and better staffing ratios helps not just nurses, but the patients they serve. AFSCME’s nurses also fight for a better health care system for us all.

This week, let’s thank a nurse. Let’s recognize their contributions to healing our communities. And let’s honor their sacrifices. 

Here are some nurses who explain how they help their communities:

“I actually chose to work in a community hospital in my hometown rather than a larger city hospital because I like caring for my family and my neighbors, my loved ones and friends. That’s one of the ways I give back. In my community, not only do our nurses do their regular jobs, they serve on advisory boards and participate in charities.”
– Tom Connelly, radiology nurse, Local 2026 (Ohio Council 8)

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