This week it is National Nurses week ending on May 12th, the birthday of perhaps the most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale, the original nurse leader. Nurses are the first line of defense in the prevention of illness and injury. They champion and promote the health of the nation. This year we recognize nurses as healthcare leaders and trusted advisers on health issues, thank nurses for their critical role in implementing the health insurance marketplace and Medicaid expansion, and look ahead to how nurses will continue to improve patient outcomes in the ever-evolving field of primary care. Please join us this week in thanking them for the critical work they do in bringing care and better health to all Americans.