1998 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Bean, Johnson (19th), Woodfield, Burton, Dearing
Senate Concurrent Resolution 624
(As Adopted by Senate)
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION COMMENDING 100 YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING IN MISSISSIPPI AND PROCLAIMING 1998 AS THE CENTENNIAL YEAR FOR PROFESSIONAL NURSING IN MISSISSIPPI.
WHEREAS, there are approximately 28,000 registered professional nurses licensed in the State of Mississippi; and
WHEREAS, these registered professional nurses are employed in a variety of health care settings such as hospitals, home health agencies, physicians' offices, clinics, schools, long-term care facilities, renal dialysis centers, ambulatory surgical centers, schools of nursing, public health department, hospices and industries; and
WHEREAS, professional nursing began with the first hospital school of nursing in Natchez, Mississippi in 1898; and
WHEREAS, today, the State of Mississippi has fifteen associate degree nursing programs, six baccalaureate degree programs, five masters degree programs, and one doctoral program; and
WHEREAS, there are five advanced nursing degree (nurse practitioner) programs; and
WHEREAS, the nurses who have graduated from these educational programs have provided health care services to the citizens of the state from the first graduating class in 1901 to the present time; and
WHEREAS, the care that these nurses provide promotes the health and well-being of all the citizens of the state; and
WHEREAS, the Mississippi Nurses' Association, along with 24 other nursing specialty organizations, has designated 1998 as the year to celebrate 100 years of professional nursing in Mississippi:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MISSISSIPPI STATE SENATE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING THEREIN, That we do hereby commend the registered professional nurses in the state for their dedication to improving the health of the citizens of the State of Mississippi and proclaim 1998 as the Centennial Year for Professional Nursing in Mississippi.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this resolution be forwarded to the Mississippi Nurses Association and the Mississippi Board of Nursing and be made available to the Capitol Press Corps.