National Nurses Week Celebrated May 6-12

Nurses at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) and around the country are being honored this week, as the American Nurses Association (ANA) celebrates National Nurses Week.

The theme for this year’s National Nurses Week is “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit,” which recognizes nurses who lead the charge for health and wellness.

During National Nurses Week, PCRMC would like to extend a special thanks to our nurses, who provide the highest level of quality care in multiple specialty areas to patients of all ages. Nurses are a valuable asset to the communities they serve.

“PCRMC nurses have a wide variety of skills and education, and because of this, our patients would not have the same outcomes without nurses,” says PCRMC Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Keri Brookshire-Heavin.

Nurses are hard-working and dedicated, Brookshire-Heavin says, and they advocate for our patients’ health and well-being every day. “Nursing is an art and a science,” she says.

Being a nurse can be very demanding at times, but the interactions nurses have with their patients and peers make their jobs extremely rewarding.

PCRMC nurses deserve special recognition for their efforts in delivering compassionate care while also having an unfailing commitment to saving lives. They also are dedicated to improving the health of countless patients.At PCRMC nurses sacrifice numerous hours of their time to consistently deliver outstanding, personalized and patient-centered care.

The ANA has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse,” and each time a nurse interacts with a patient, that nurse has the chance to be a role model for good health, according to ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano

“And a healthy nurse is more likely to talk to a patient about how to get healthy and is more credible when promoting those behaviors. That’s how nurses can help change the health of America,” Cipriano says.

National Nurses Week is observed each year beginning on May 6 and ending on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale was known as the founder of modern nursing. During the Crimean War, she tended to soldiers and was called “The Lady with the Lamp” since she made her rounds at night.

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