Celebrating Nurses!

Employee News & Views Editor: May 04, 20121 Comments

Each year National Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6 – 12.  I don’t know if everyone is aware of the history  and why do we celebrate nurses during this week.  Most nurses I’ve talked to don’t realize the recognition for nurses began in 1954 when National Nurse Week was observed from October 1 –16 — the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's mission to Crimea. 

A bill was introduced for national recognition of nurses in the 1955 Congress, but no action was taken.  Through the years, there were several resolutions and proclamations for nurse recognition, but no national action until 1982 when the American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors formally acknowledged May 6, 1982 as "National Nurses Day." The action affirmed a joint resolution of the United States Congress designating May 6 as "National Recognition Day for Nurses."   In 1994, the ANA Board of Directors designated May 6 - 12 as permanent dates to observe National Nurses Week.  So we begin our week with National Nurses Day and end  with the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s Birthday.

This year the theme for the week is Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring .  What a fitting description of Community’s nurses!  Every day our nurses advocate for their patients, lead patient care teams, unit teams and hospital teams.  And we care—for our patients, their families, and our colleagues.  Sometimes we hear great stories about our caring nurses. Take a look back at may 4th’s Fresno Bee. There's a letter to the editor about the “Caring Emergency Room” at Community Regional Medical Center.  While these publicly shared moments of caring are important, I know each of our nurses has impacted patients that we will never hear from.  Those private moments are ones that help us remember why we entered the profession and keep us going every day.

It thrills me to be present at an annual Valley tradition—the “RN of the Year” Awards Banquet, which was held Thursday evening, May 3 to kick off National Nurses Week.  Each year we nominate a few of our great nurses to be recognized.  Please take a few minutes to read the great story on our web site about our nominees and winners —Karen Buckley, RN, Community Regional CNO; Julia Bay, RN, Community Regional Surgery; and Renee Tarasen, RN, Home Health.  Each of the winners and all of our nominees are phenomenal nurses.  Their passion for patient care is evident in their work every day; our community is blessed to have these—and all Community’s nurses caring for them.

And be sure to look in Sunday’s Fresno Bee and again later in the week for our full page tribute to our nurses. In gathering the content for this celebration ad, we asked our nurses about their profession and passion. It makes me so proud to read what they said. I’m sharing it here:

“In 35 years of nursing a lot has changed, but the caring is the same….Nursing has always meant making quick decisions and knowing your patients.”
        Kathleen Treece, RN, Community Subacute & Transitional Care Center
“ 'Thanks for not treating me like a patient.’…That’s a great compliment from my patients.”
        Carlo Lara, RN ICU, Clovis Community Medical Center
“I enjoy enriching women’s lives and making them feel loved, happy during their birthing experience.”
       Monique Curiel, RN, labor and deliver at Community Regional
“I feel honored to be with my hospice patients in those last moments. Sometimes we are the only family they have.”
         Harminder Dhillon, LVN studying to be RN, Community Subacute & Transitional Care Center
“Nursing gives me a lot of autonomy and opportunity. I get to work with interesting, educated, worldly people. “
         Eric Shambourger, RN, House Supervisor, Community Behavioral Health Center
“I love to go to work. I’m constantly learning and always challenged – and I feel good about what I do at the end of the day.”
         Jennie Cokery, RN, California Cancer Center
“Nursing is about showing compassion for people who are vulnerable – being able to take care and comfort them through times of trial.”
        Lori Hovet, RN, Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital
“I’ve always been on the helping side.”
         Chituru Uwoma, RN, home health care
“I love the one-on-one contact with families and patients. It allows me to make a difference in their lives – in their time of need.”
         Christine McMillan, RN, Leon S. Peters Burn Center at Community Regional
“I get up in the morning and I’m happy to come to work. Friends family, everyone is a team member, from the cafeteria to the admissions.”
         Anna Gerber, RN, Fresno Heart & Surgical
“I really like being able to fix things. It’s amazing how much more we can do with the advances in cancer treatments.”
        Anne Parker, RN, BSN, OCN,  California Cancer Center
“For me, it’s about saving lives and giving people a second chance.”
         Kathryn “Katie” Bailey, RN, Emergency Department at Clovis Community
“I love long-term nursing and getting to know my patients really well. They all have a story.”
        Junette Wilkinson, LVN (on way to becoming RN this fall), Community Subacute & Transitional Care Center
“My job is very intriguing … an ever-present learning opportunity. It tickles my brain and makes me think.” 
            Karen Hughes, RN ICU Clovis Community
“People ask if oncology isn’t depressing. I say ‘No because we’re helping people live.’"
            Bonnie Harkins, RN, OCN, CCRP, Research Department, California Cancer Center
“We see patients who feel hopeless. When they leave us they have hope again.”
             Maria Lara, RN, Community Behavioral Health Center
“Helping people get better is what we’re in it for. If you’re in it for anything else, you’re in it for the wrong reason.”
            Stephanie Jimenez, RN ICU Clovis Community

One response to Celebrating Nurses!

"My clinic fed me when I was

"My clinic fed me when I was hungry. They helped me get an apartment when I was homeless. They gave me good care when I had nowhere else to go. They cared for me first as a person and then as a patient. They treated me like family. That's why I stayed in care. That's why I keep coming back. And that's why I'm alive today." HIV-infected patient nough said!!!!!!!!!

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