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Posted: 5/3/2006

"NURSES: STRENGTH, COMMITMENT, COMPASSION" is the theme of National Nurses Week 2006.  Throughout this year's celebration, the American Nurses Association and nurses nationwide will focus on the issues of adequate nurse education funding, safe staffing, and patient safety.

In recognition of the Week, the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing will waive the $75 fee for applications to the master's program or post-baccalaureate and post-master's options that are received between April 17, 2006 and May 31, 2006.

The special week honoring nurses begins with National Nurses Day/ RN Recognition Day, May 6, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Its purpose is to remind the public not just how vital our nation's nurses are to patients, their families and society - but also how much power nurses hold in achieving much-needed reform in nursing and in health care.

Traditionally, the week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession in the nation, are working 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. For more information, visit http://www.ana.org/pressrel/nnw/.