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Appreciating those who care

National Nurses Week, May 6-12

Nurses are awesome. Period. It takes a special kind of person to commit their lives to the care of others; a kind of care that requires a constant balance of physical stamina, emotional stability, critical thinking and compassion. It’s the kind of care that can celebrate new life while encouraging mothers through labor and delivery, and also comfort those who are taking their last breath. It’s not always an easy job, but it’s one that is definitely worthy of appreciation.

Strength in numbers  

Along with being the largest healthcare profession in America1, nursing is also ranked the most trusted profession 15 years in a row by an annual Gallup poll2. With so many dedicated and trustworthy providers out there, it’s likely you either know someone who is a nurse, have been treated and cared for by a nurse, or you yourself are a nurse. That’s why everyone should take a moment this week to thank a nurse for their dedication.

Strong dedication  

Becoming a nurse usually isn’t a spur of the moment idea. It takes years of education, clinical training and certifications. It demonstrates just how much sacrifice one makes to become a healthcare provider.

A million thanks  

Nurses definitely possess a passion to help others. They see patients at their worst and most vulnerable; yet remain focused on providing the highest quality of care. These are just a few reasons we at VALIC extend our deepest gratitude to the nurses who put the needs of others above their own.

1 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2012). Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.
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