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MEMBERSHIP ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010 CONTACT: CAROLYN VEGA-MELENDEZ PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIR PublicRelationsHAPBWA@gmail.com www.HAPBWA.org

INTERNATIONAL NURSE’S DAY 2010 ~ HAPBWA Promotes On-Line Nursing Tool Kit ~ [Orlando, FL] – For years, nurses have been caring for individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in a multitude of settings. Wednesday is International Nurses Day which is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. On this special day, HAPBWA would like to take a moment to extend gratitude to the nurses in our membership who have chosen this profession and have given back so much more than they receive. Please thank all the nurses you know, including those who are members of our organization. They are the unsung heroes who we seek for expertise on how to promote health, prevent illness and how to care for the ill, the disabled and our dying loved ones “I have always worked with nurses. In fact, my supervisor is a nurse and I know firsthand that nurses are the foundation that supports the whole healthcare system,” said Eva Pagan-Hill, HAPBWA President. “The commitment to offer the highest level of care to all patients has always made me feel safe and secure in times of illness!” The International Council of Nurses commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses' Day (IND) Kit. The IND theme for 2010 is: Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Chronic Care. The kit, poster and video message can be found on their website at http://www.icn.ch/publications/2010-delivering-quality-serving-communities-nursesleading-chronic-care/. It contains educational and public information materials, for use by nurses everywhere, as well as associations, health ministries and health institutions. We encourage HAPBWA members in the nursing field to make extended use of these resources throughout the year, through individual action and group activities. About ICN The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations (NNAs), representing the more than 13 million nurses worldwide. Founded in 1899, ICN is the world’s first and widest reaching international organization for health professionals. Operated by nurses and leading nurses internationally, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all, sound health policies globally, the advancement of nursing knowledge, and the presence worldwide of a respected nursing profession and a competent and satisfied nursing workforce. For more information, visit: http://www.icn.ch/Home.html. ###


International Nurse's Day 2010