Health Information Management

Director’s Note: Happy National Nurses Week, National Hospital Week

CDI Strategies, May 8, 2014

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National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. This year's theme is "Nurses Leading the Way," a theme ACDIS can certainly support.

So many of our own members hail from nursing backgrounds, and so many of you lead the way to ensure that appropriate clinical information gets included in the medical record. You "lead the way" in ensuring physicians understand how their documentation gets coded. You "lead the way" in helping coders get the information they need. You "lead the way" in ensuring that accurate data leads to appropriate care outcomes.

As the American Nurses Association states on its website, "every day, nurses step forward embracing new technologies, resolving emerging issues, and accepting ever-changing roles in their profession. They lead the way for their patients, colleagues, organizations, and the health care industry as a whole." We wholeheartedly endorse this statement and embrace it as representative of our own members as well, regardless of whether they hail from nursing, HIM/coding, physician, or other backgrounds.

Next week, May 11-17, the American Hospital Association celebrates National Hospital Week. Learn more about the dedication of hospitals across America to health and innovation through their quality improvement work. Follow @ahahospitals and the #HospitalWeek hashtag on Twitter on Wednesday, May 14, 11:00 a.m. ET. Find out more here.

Although we converge on Las Vegas this week for our own education and networking conference we pause for a moment to recognize Nurses Week and the underlying reason for a professional career in healthcare--caring for one another.

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