HIMSS Honors Four Million Nurses in the U.S. During National Nurses Week
May 6, 2013 - 10:09:12 AM

( - CHICAGO (May 06, 2013) - Nurses share their talents in diverse settings and many choose to specialize their practice and expertise in highly defined areas or types of patient care. To honor these professionals, HIMSS is joining the American Nurses Association, the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) and other partners in celebrating National Nurses Week, held May 6-12.

The purpose of the week-long celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the vital role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of Americans.  In addition, May 12 has been designated Nursing Informatics Day by the American Nurses Association, the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) and the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community.

"National Nurses Week recognizes the contributions of all nurses as they provide quality care to patients and valuable leadership to the transformation of healthcare. On May 12 we recognize those individuals who have selected nursing informatics as a specialty, who are advancing technology-enabled, quality care" said Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, Vice President, Informatics, HIMSS.

Sensmeier notes that the application of nursing informatics knowledge is empowering for all healthcare practitioners in achieving patient centered care. Nurse informaticians work as developers of communication and information technologies, educators, researchers, chief nursing officers, chief information officers, software engineers, implementation consultants, policy developers, and business owners, in order to deliver high quality and cost effective care.

HIMSS will celebrate National Nurses Week with the following activities:

About HIMSS                         

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of health and healthcare. Founded 52 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 52,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 600 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the best use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems' contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at


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