(By Senators Snyder, Prezioso, Unger, Minard, Caldwell, Plymale, Edgell, Bailey, Bowman, Rowe, Jenkins, Helmick, McCabe, White, Fanning, Sharpe, Ross, Dempsey, Love, Deem, Facemyer, Hunter, Oliverio, McKenzie, Smith, Harrison, Weeks, Boley, Guills, Minear, Sprouse and Tomblin, Mr. President)

Designating February 13, 2003, as "Nurses' Day".
Whereas, Nurses play a vital role in health care in West Virginia by being at the forefront of our medical needs and working hand in hand with physicians to provide medical care prescribed for the betterment of patients; and
Whereas, As citizens we are trusting of our nurses, whose knowledge and expertise in medicine, along with their care and compassion for the patients they serve, help us to feel at ease with the medical treatments we may be receiving; and
Whereas, Without the cautious assessments and accurate documentation of nurses, physicians would be unable to adequately perform their duties; and
Whereas, Nurses are loyal to the Nightingale Pledge, which states in part, "With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care"; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby designates February 13, 2003, as "Nurses' Day" in recognition of the valuable service they perform as health care professionals to the citizens of West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate representatives of the nursing profession.