Letter to the editor

by Staff
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Nominate a nurse

 Nurses are all around us. They attend our births and deaths, administer healing treatments when we are ill, and help us promote well-being through public health and mental health programs. Almost every family can identify a nurse or two on its own family tree. Nurses are members of and care for members of every racial, religious and cultural group. For over a century, North Carolina nurses have worked in rural and urban areas, provided care in chrome trimmed surgical suites, tumble down cabins, have navigated the states’ legal, political, and economic currents to improve the health of the public while continuously upgrading the profession.   

May 6th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday, is the day we celebrate National Nurses Day each year. For the 2014 Nurses Day celebrations, we are embarking on a project titled “100 counties/100 nurses.” We hope to publish an article in each newspaper in North Carolina highlighting a notable nurse from that county. Some will be current nurses; some will be historic figures who have contributed in significant ways to the health and wellbeing of people in their community. The group will be inclusive of genders, all races, and multiple religions found in North Carolina. Most of the articles will reflect original research; a few may be reprints of fascinating portraits of nurses written throughout the last century.

We are trying to gauge the willingness of newspapers to participate in our project by considering articles for publication May 6, 2014. We would appreciate you letting us know if you think your newspaper would like to be a part of this important project. We are happy to answer any questions. 

Dr. Phoebe Pollitt, RN

Associate Professor of Nursing

Appalachian State University

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