Contributed article by Lauren Dwyer, director, strategic account management, VMS BioMarketing
National Nurses Week is a time for everyone to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses. In 1993 the American Nurses Association declared 6-12 May as the national week to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession.
As a leading provider of nurse-led education and support programs for patients, VMS BioMarketing salutes the entire profession of nursing during this special week. VMS nurse-led education programs have increased medication adherence by 33% and achieved a 95% increase in patient satisfaction and confidence to manage therapy after education. Even in this exciting age of digital health, we cannot lose sight of the importance of essential human connections. Research shows that patients receiving face-to-face education may be almost four times as likely to be adherent to medications than those who don’t. (Source: Granger BB, Ekman I, Hernandez AF, et al. Results of the Chronic Heart Failure Intervention to Improve Medication Adherence (CHIME) Study: A Randomized Intervention in High-Risk Patients. American heart journal. 2015;169(4):539-548. )
There’s further reason to celebrate the nursing profession. In Gallup’s 2019 poll assessing ethics and honesty, more than four in five Americans rated the honesty and ethical standards of nurses as "very high" or "high," earning them the #1 spot among a diverse list of professions for the 17th consecutive year.
Patients, families and caregivers know firsthand that nurses are a driving force behind patient-centered care. Be sure to thank a nurse during National Nurses Week.