President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. had signed presidential proclamation declaring May 6-12 as the national nurses’ week in Palau.

Presidential proclamation 19-262, which was signed on May 1, designated a week of celebration to honor nurses in the country

 “I…ask that the people of Palau come together to celebrate our nurses’ accomplishments and efforts to improve our health care system, and show our appreciation for the nation’s nurses not just during this week, but at every opportunity throughout the year,” Remengesau stated in his proclamation.

According to the presidential proclamation, the nursing workforce is the largest group of healthcare professionals in the country.

“Professional nursing has been demonstrated to be an indispensable component of the safety and quality of care of hospitalized, homebound, community bound patients, as well as the community at large as whole,” the proclamation read.

Remengesau stated in the proclamation that the “strength, coverage, and number of qualified nursing professionals is needed to meet the ever-growing health care needs of all the people in Palau in a wide range of settings.”

Remengesau also urged Palauans to celebrate nurses’ commitment to addressing many public health challenges to transform health care.