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As a registered nurse with 37 years of experience and as president of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Massachusetts, I want to let readers know that May 6-12 is National Nurses Week 2015.

During this week, national celebrations are occurring to thank nursing professionals for their tireless efforts in caring for patients in all clinical areas. In fact, On Wednesday, May 6, 250 nurses gathered at Fenway Park and be honored during a pregame ceremony.

Massachusetts’ 122,000-plus active registered nurses compassionately provide excellent health care to all the citizens of our Commonwealth. The vital contributions of nurses are paramount to the success of our health care system in improving lives of Americans. In the increasingly complicated health landscape it is important to remember that it is the nurse who is with you when you are born, in your schools and workplace, and at the end of life.

For 13 consecutive years, Gallup polls ranked Nursing as the most honorable and ethical profession. This year’s Nurses Week theme is “My Patient, My Code, My Practice: Ethical Decision-making and Action.”

Nurses are on the front line of healthcare. We are the voice of patients, when patients cannot speak for themselves, and we are the first person people look to for comfort.

Please take a minute out of your busy week to thank a registered nurse for all they do.

Myra F. Cacace, RN, GNP/ADM-BC

Pepperell

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