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NAHC/HHNA Launch Second Annual Nurse Recognition Program

By February 26, 2013

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The National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) are launching the second annual nurse recognition program and are accepting nominations to honor and recognize home care and hospice nurses from across the country for 2013.

One nurse will be recognized from each state and of those nurses, one will be chosen as the nurse of the year. Home care agencies that are members of NAHC may nominate any registered nurse to represent their state for 2013. Nominations will be reviewed by the nurse recognition program selection committee.

"Highlighting the impact that nurses are making in homes across the country by nurses day in and day out is our focus," said Andrea L. Devoti, MSN, MBA, CHCE, Chairman of the Board, NAHC. "We have a unique opportunity to put a face on the industry."

This ongoing recognition program will collect stories of these special home care and hospice nurses who have served their agencies by providing exceptional care, reducing hospital readmissions and making a difference in patients' lives. The selection committee will review all the nominees to choose representatives that best stand for the ideals that are highlighted during National Nurses Week each May. The nurses will be highlighted in the May issue of CARING Magazine, in addition to having their registration fee waived at the annual meeting in October.

"We intend for these top nurses to serve as role models who will inspire their peers to become leaders in enhancing the quality of health care, ensuring the standards of nursing and expanding opportunities in the profession," said Elaine Stephens, RN, MPH, FHHC, Chairman, HHNA.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of RNs is projected to grow 22 percent by 2018 and the projected growth for nurses in the home health care industry is 33 percent, the second highest of all industries. There are 2.6 million registered nurses currently and that is expected to grow to over 3.2 million by 2018.

To find out more about membership or to nominate a nurse for the recognition program in 2013, visit www.hhna.org or www.nahc.org.

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