National Nurses Week

Marilyn Wideman

Marilyn Wideman, DNP, RN, FAAN, Interim Dean

This year, very appropriately, the American Nursing Association has designated 2017 as the "Year of the Healthy Nurse." Please join us during National Nurses Week, May 6–12, as we explore this year's theme, “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” 

It’s all about celebrating being a nurse who leads the charge for health and wellness for our nation and world. This year, the focus is on how nurses personally manage their own health and wellness. We are aware that compassionate care can, at times, become overwhelming for nurses, especially in times of a nursing shortage and the growing demands of the health care system.

At Kaplan University, we are kicking off the 2017 Nurses Week celebration by showing the award-winning movie The American Nurse at our campuses. This movie profiles five nurses across several roles including: women's health, military nursing, correctional health and hospice care, elder care, and home care. The nurses in the movie are true to the spirit of compassionate care.

Additionally, on our campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, and Maine, nursing students and faculty are planning a host of events to honor nurses who work for our numerous clinical partners and provide preceptoring and mentorship to our prelicensure and graduate nursing students. These students work in hospitals and health care centers, ambulatory health, client/patient's' homes, and the community and public health arenas. Campus-based Nurses Week events planned by Kaplan School of Nursing include: blood drives, chair massages, and a proclamation by the Nebraska Mayor.

Kaplan University proudly sends out greetings to our nursing student body and to more than 4,000 alumni across the U.S. and around the globe. We commend you as you carry out your roles as BSN-prepared registered nurses, nurse informatics, nurse educators, nurse executive leaders, and nurse practitioners in family and gerontologic care. And, we give a special recognition to more than 150 faculty who are master's and doctorally prepared nurses. Not only do they provide exceptional teaching for over 3,000 Kaplan University nursing students, they also carry our innovative nursing practices in their community.

Please take this opportunity to be proud and joyful that you are a nurse. Congratulations nurses and thank you for being a role model of being healthy as you celebrate your profession of nursing! 

Marilyn Wideman, DNP, RN, FAAN
Interim Dean, School of Nursing


National Nurses Week

Kaplan University’s School of Nursing is proud to participate in National Nurses Week, an annual event sponsored by the American Nurses Association (ANA). It’s our chance to celebrate and say thanks to all our fellow nurses, and to let you know how much we appreciate everything you do.

This year’s theme is “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” The campaign is focused on celebrating nurses, like you, who lead the charge for health and wellness. We invite you to take our self-assessment to provide you with a sense of how well you currently care for your needs.

Kaplan University also invites you to thank a fellow nurse by sharing an eCard or downloading the certificate of appreciation for that special nurse.

Thank you to all of our nurses for making a difference in patient’s lives every day. We wish you all a happy Nurses Week.

"Kaplan University has been very supportive of Nurses Week activities. Last year for Nurses Week I had the honor of receiving the Faculty Daisy Award. This was truly an honor. This award celebrates nursing faculty for their inspirational influence on the nurses of today and tomorrow. 

It was very humbling for me to receive such an honor. All of the nursing faculty are an inspiration to our students. Kaplan University has allowed me to be the best nursing faculty I can be. Their support of Nurses Week activities is just one way they show their support."
Denise Tufts, MSN, RN 
Simulation and Lab Coordinator, Faculty
 Nurses Week Thank You Card
Nurses Week Certificate of Appreciaton

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