Online Nursing Degree Receives Support from the ANA

The growing shortage of nurses poses a real threat to the nation's health care system and the public's health, however the American Nurses Association (ANA) is trying to change the course. Dedicated to fighting for a workplace environment that will encourage current nurses to continue in their careers, and inspire young men and women to consider earning their RN to BSN degree, the ANA has announced the theme of National Nurses Week 2007, "Nursing: A Profession and a Passion." This special week honoring nurses is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

The national nursing shortage crisis is a hot topic item that is on the plate of the ANA. They are continuously supporting initiatives to shore up the shortage by encouraging more men and women to choose a career in nursing. However due to a lack of nurse educators and the physical constraints of traditional classroom settings more and more students nurses are turning to the Internet and a nursing degree online. These are the kinds of creative solutions the ANA is supporting and getting behind.

National Nurses Week focuses on highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses are pursuing educational opportunities and also finding ways to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.

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