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Resolution RS2020-313

A Resolution recognizing May 6-12, 2020 as “National Nurses Week” in Nashville and Davidson County, and further recognizing 2020 as “Year of the Nurse”.

WHEREAS, nurses are the largest group of health care professionals in the U.S., and nursing is the most trusted profession; and

WHEREAS, nurses care for patients from conception until death and are with patients 24/7/365 days a year; and

WHEREAS, nurses practice in all healthcare settings and are filling new roles to meet the ever-growing demand for health and health care services; and

WHEREAS, nurses play a vital role in providing health services. They are the Nashvillians devoting their lives to care for others; and

WHEREAS, nurses are already advocates and innovators in their communities, clinics, hospitals, and in the health care system. It is fitting and proper that they must also be properly valued and represented in health leadership roles where they can guide health policy and investment; and

WHEREAS, nurses are often the first and sometimes the only health professional that people see, and the quality of their initial assessment, care and treatment is vital; playing a critical role in health promotion, disease prevention, and delivering primary and community care; and

WHEREAS, nurses are also part of their local community – sharing its culture, strengths and vulnerabilities – and can shape and deliver effective interventions to meet the needs of patients, families and communities; and

WHEREAS, nurses account for nearly 50% of the global health workforce; and

WHEREAS, investing in nurses is good value for the money. The report of the UN High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth concluded that investments in education and job creation in the health and social sectors result in a triple return of improved health outcomes, global health security, and inclusive economic growth; and

WHEREAS, the World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization, declared 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth; and

WHEREAS, National Nurses Week is traditionally celebrated from May 6 to May 12, to celebrate the ways in which registered nurses provide safe and high-quality healthcare to all Tennesseans; and

WHEREAS, now, during the coronavirus pandemic, it is even more apparent how important nurses are to the community as they put their own health, safety, and well-being at risk in order to treat patients during unprecedented circumstances; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council recognize and support the critical work nurses perform for our community.


Section 1. That the Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as recognizing May 6-12, 2020 as “National Nurses Week” in Nashville and Davidson County, and further recognizes 2020 as “Year of the Nurse”.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.


Ginny Welsch, Sharon Hurt, Zulfat Suara, Joy Styles, Burkley Allen, Jennifer Gamble, Russ Bradford, Bob Mendes, Steve Glover, Jonathan Hall, Kyonzté Toombs, Robert Swope, Sean Parker, Brett Withers, Emily Benedict, Nancy VanReece, Tonya Hancock, Zachary Young, Larry Hagar, Erin Evans, Kevin Rhoten, Jeff Syracuse, Colby Sledge, Thomas Cash, Freddie O'Connell, Mary Carolyn Roberts, Brandon Taylor, Gloria Hausser, Thom Druffel, Kathleen Murphy, Russ Pulley, Courtney Johnston, Bob Nash, Tanaka Vercher, Delishia Porterfield, Sandra Sepulveda, John Rutherford, Antoniette Lee, Angie Henderson, Dave Rosenberg

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedMay 5, 2020

AdoptedMay 5, 2020

ApprovedMay 6, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 05/25/2020 4:08 PM