Thompson: Nurses play an essential role in keeping our society healthy and safe

May 7, 2014

Remarks as prepared:

"Mr.Speaker, I rise today to recognize National Nurses Week, which is celebrated annually from May 6th through May 12th.  

Nurses all across the country serve as the first line of defense in the prevention of sickness and injury.  

From hospitals and care facilities to the nurse’s office at schools and local businesses, nurses play an essential role in keeping our society healthy and safe.

From better educating our children about the importance of health, to helping fathers and mothers better care for a new born child, to helping seniors better manage disease or disability, our nation's nurses are indispensable.  

This year’s National Nurses Week theme is “Nurses: Leading the Way.”

During this National Nurses Week, we take the time to give thanks to these professionals for doing just that - leading the way, through the promotion and work of bringing better care and better health to our friends and family and neighbors and loved ones.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I yield back the balance of my time."