Some time ago I had an opportunity to provide an all-day seminar to nurses from the Washington D.C and Maryland state areas. The title of the Seminar was ‘Transformational Nursing’ Creating Lasting Value as a Leader and Mentor.
During the seminar, we discussed a recent gallop poll about nurses. The results stated that nursing is one of the most trusted and valued professions in the world. But here’s the bad news. When it came to nursing’s influence with health care reform, the poll stated that nurses literally had little or ‘next to none’ ability to make a difference. As a matter of fact, when it came to health reform issues, they were cited as last on the list of 'influencers.'
As shocking as that may be, it does help us reflect as a professional culture, on how we can support important issues and impact change in our country and world. As an intellectual ‘heart-centered’ group of caring men and women who practice the sacred art of ‘people-care’ every day, we have the ability to change the course of history. Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.”
Make your voice be heard. Sign the United States 'Declaration for Compassionate Nursing Care.'
Support health intervention that treats the whole person. Support integral health partnerships in our practice. Support the poor and underserved in our world. You make the difference.
It is now ‘live’ and requesting 1M signatories of support from around the country and world. The declaration is seeking the endorsement of the United Nations. Don't Delay. Whether you're a nurse, or you know a physician, health care worker or public citizen who wants to support what we do as a profession, there are no walls when you’re taking a stand about the ‘art of caring.'
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The Purpose of Nurses for the Nations ‘Declaration for
Compassionate Nursing Care’
To endorse the impact nurses make in providing charitable humanitarian nursing care through a model of health intervention that significantly addresses the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental aspects of an individual.
To foster the empowerment of indigenous peoples through nursing health interventions that affirm each individual; promote a treat, teach and train approach through compassionate outreach, and prepare underserved individuals to transform their communities through active participation in maintaining their own health.
To support the utilization of holistic nursing practices which acknowledge the multifaceted components of an individual (physical as well as emotional, mental, spiritual, cultural and family -centered components), recognizing each component as important and integral in order for healing to occur.
- To promote international safety sanctions for nurses as neutral citizens delivering charitable humanitarian services to the poor or underserved in areas of conflict.
By Mary F. McMahon RN, Nurses for the Nations
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