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As National Nurses Week 2010 comes to a close, it’s fitting to top the celebration with the words of Christine Dunford, one of the most experienced nurses around.
Today, it’s the leading edge CyberKnife robotic surgery system that keeps California Cancer Center nurse Laura Valenzuela busy. And it’s that type of technology that has changed the health care field so much since Valenzuela began her nursing career 35 years ago.
Randy Freet’s path to a nursing career wasn’t a typical one – but it appears that path led him to the right place. Freet has spent his entire 32-year nursing career with Community Medical Centers, including 12 years at the former Sierra Community Hospital and 20 at Clovis Community Medical Center.
Shelley Costanzo was just 15 years old when the drive to become a nurse hit her. She was in high school and signed up for off-campus courses to get certified as a nurse’s aide. She says the most fun was competing against other students on skills such as bed making, giving bed baths and taking vital signs.
After 39 years Marge Beekman timed her retirement to coincide with National Nurses Week, which is celebrated each year from May 6 to May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who’s credited as founder of modern nursing.
National Nurses Week is celebrated each year from May 6 to May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who’s credited as founder of modern nursing. And while Community Medical Centers aims to recognize each of its 2,200-plus nurses, MedWatchToday.com caught up with a few of Community’s longest tenured caregivers to get insight on the nursing profession.
A Haitian mother pushed her little girl into Julie Bowen’s arms as she was leaving her 10-day stint as a volunteer in a Haiti hospital. The mother asked through a translator that Bowen take 3-year-old Sophie home with her, believing Sophie could have a better life in the United States because of the conditions after the devastating Haiti earthquake that killed more than 100,000 people in January.
Kevin Weaver, director of security for Community Medical Centers, received the “Patriot Award” from the United States Department of Defense.
"Compassion,” “caring,” “efficient” and “hard-working” are all words that have been used to describe nurses. If you’ve spent any time in a hospital, you know just how important your nurse was in getting you back on the road to recovery.Back to Videos
More than 1,700 nurses make a difference everyday at Community Medical Centers. Hear from two long-time nurses about their dedication to our wellness.Back to Videos