March 19 is Certified Nurses Day

The healthcare system greatly values the dedication and expertise of credentialed nurses, celebrated annually on Certified Nurses Day (March 19) and National Nurses Day (May 6). These occasions, however, spotlight the need for more substantial support for nurses, beyond mere recognition. Sarah M. Worthy, CEO of DoorSpace, emphasizes the necessity for actions that address nurses’ desires for fair compensation and safer working conditions over symbolic gestures.

Worthy also highlights current challenges, including legislative attempts to limit nurses’ earnings and the impact of for-profit insurance policies, advocating for laws that ensure safe staffing levels, equitable pay, and secure work environments for nurses. This call to action underlines the importance of recognizing and addressing the substantial contributions and needs of nurses in the healthcare sector.

“While I want our advanced nurses to be recognized and celebrated for their dedication to their patients – I would also ask those of us who are outside of nursing to use today to call our politicians and demand we do more for our nurses than just a day in their honor. Most nurses would much rather receive fair compensation and have a safe work environment when they’re caring for patients more than an honorary day. The truth is – these honorary days don’t cost us anything and therefore they don’t really give nurses anything they need or want,” states Sarah M. Worthy, CEO of DoorSpace. 

Credentialed nurses are not only the backbone of our healthcare system, but they are a testament to the effort nurses put into providing the best care for patients. Just like we have two separate days to celebrate nurses and certified nurses, we must also recognize the extra time nurses dedicate to their job outside of being with patients. It’s not easy, but it’s necessary.

“Right now, we have politicians in some states trying to set a cap on what a nurse is allowed to earn. Nurses struggle to get even one bathroom break in a 12 hour shift. Current legislation allows for-profit insurance companies to take money out of the pockets of our healthcare workers to wealthy shareholders. We need laws that require safe nurse to patient ratios, pay fair compensation, and ensure nurses have a safe workplace,” says Worthy.

This urgent appeal by Worthy sheds light on the stark reality faced by nurses today, underscoring the vast difference between symbolic appreciation and the tangible support that nurses critically need. It’s a clarion call for all stakeholders, from policymakers to the general public, to advocate for and implement reforms that genuinely benefit the nursing workforce. The current state of affairs, where nurses are celebrated with honorary days yet struggle with inadequate compensation, unsafe working conditions, and legislative challenges that threaten their livelihood, highlights a significant gap in the healthcare system’s support structure. It prompts a reflection on how society values and supports those who are on the frontline of patient care, urging a shift from mere acknowledgment to concrete action.

The push for legislative changes by Worthy and like-minded advocates aims to transform the healthcare landscape into one that truly respects and nurtures its most crucial members—the nurses. By calling for safe staffing levels, fair compensation, and secure work environments, they are not only fighting for the rights and well-being of nurses but also for the quality of patient care. This movement emphasizes that ensuring the welfare of nurses directly correlates with the overall effectiveness and compassion of healthcare services. As the discussion around nurses’ rights and support continues to evolve, it becomes clear that the path towards a more equitable and sustainable healthcare system lies in valuing the human element at its core—beginning with the welfare of its nurses.