Nursing Can Take a Bow, too.
by, 02-20-2010 at 11:14 AM (5530 Views)
The NY Daily News reported recently (Jan. 26) that anti-smoking laws are being given some of the credit for the fact that New York City life expectancy numbers have hit an historic high. Its residents are living longer (a baby born in 2007, the report said, can expect to live 79.4 years) and the experts say that the city's tough smoking laws may in part have contributed to this. Although we all know there are numerous factors that bring about increased life expectancy rates, to the degree that those related to less smoking have contributed here, nursing can and should take a bow. Nurses, including some who have been introduced to us through our Nursing Spectrum nursing excellence programs for what they are doing in this regard, have devoted themselves to anti-smoking and smoking cessation programs, smoke-free campuses at their workplaces, and "quitting smoking" programs in their local communities and schools, and have had great successes and made measurable differences. If you have been involved in any of these initiatives, or if you have any nursing colleagues who are, why not share your/their story, and let nursing "take a little bow," too, for this positive news for NYC residents?
Eileen Williamson, VP Nursing Communications & Initiatives, NY/NJ Nursing Spectrum