Representatives García, Shalala Introduce Resolution to Designate Hispanic Nurses Day

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Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) and Donna Shalala (FL-27) introduced a congressional resolution to designate September 22nd as National Hispanic Nurses Day. The designation of a specific day to honor Hispanic nurses will help raise awareness of their accomplishments and the important work they carry out in our communities.

“This year, nurses have been under unprecedented pressure, risking their lives and many times, their families’ lives to care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have done so with compassion and tenacity, undergoing sleepless nights and facing devastating loss of patients, peers, and friends,” said Rep. García. “Even before the present health emergency, Hispanic nurses have played a key role in shaping the health outcomes in Latino communities. I also want to recognize the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, for being strong allies to Congress as they inform, educate, and work closely with legislators to improve the recruitment, and retention of all nurses and, more importantly, the health and safety of our communities. That’s why I’m proud to introduce this resolution with my colleague Rep. Shalala to make September 22nd Hispanic Nurses Day.”

“For years now, Hispanics have been the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States,” said Rep. Shalala. “As our country grows more diverse, bilingual and bicultural Hispanic nurses are more important than ever because their language and cultural skills help improve health related outcomes. Nurses are the cornerstone of America’s healthcare system and I am proud to honor the thousands hardworking Hispanic nurses who are serving their communities and saving lives every day.”

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