St. John's Celebrates National Nurses Week


Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America's 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. This year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected "Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care” as the theme for 2013. The ANA supports and encourages National Nurses Week recognition programs through the state and district nurses associations, other specialty nursing organizations, educational facilities, and independent health care companies and institutions.

During this week, St. John’s registered nurses will be honored at a special brunch and receive special gifts commemorating their important work. Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.

In addition, St. John’s nurses recognized this special week with two awards to hospital partners who provide support in caring for patients.

Gerry Katz, MD, Chief of Medicine and Hospitalist at St. John’s Medical Center, was voted by the nursing staff as a friend of nursing because he takes the time to dialogue with nurses, is open to questions, approachable, accessible and a joy to work with. The nurses noted his great kindness to patients and staff.

Housekeeping won the team award because they consistently respond quickly to requests for assistance and are always checking with nursing to see what needs to be done next.

Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, who comprise the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.

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