May 6, 2011
KCH Celebrates National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  Many consider Nightingale the founder of modern nursing.  The theme for Nurse’s Week this year is “Nurses, Trusted to Care.”  This theme was chosen to help celebrate nurses and all they do.  

National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve healthcare.

"I would like to publicly recognize our KCH nurses for the important role they play in the lives of so many," noted Pam Bray, RN, Director of Nursing at Kane Community Hospital, an affiliate of UPMC Hamot.  

Nurses are found in many areas of healthcare….hospitals, surgical centers, long-term care facilities, personal care homes, physician offices, public health systems, school systems and in occupational medicine.  Many have furthered their education and established themselves in advanced roles of certified nurse anesthetists or nurse practitioners.  Opportunities in the nursing field are many and many more nurses are needed.    

"To the nurses who work in our physician offices, those who work in Care Management, those employed in our Cardiopulmonary, Pain Management, Surgical Services departments; those who care for our patients in the Emergency Room and our Acute Care Unit, those who hold leadership positions and our Home Health nurses who provide care to patients in their home, I offer my sincere appreciation, not just during this week, but throughout the year," Bray said. "Each of our nurses is a skilled and caring individual whose kindness, dedication and love of nursing is portrayed in the quality care they give to their patients"   

There are nearly 3.1 million registered nurses in the United States.  According to projections released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nurses will experience the largest projected job growth in the years 2002 through 2012.  There are also 531 million licensed practical & vocational nurses.

Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers.

Today’s nurses must have the strength to care for patients during times of disaster and crisis; the commitment to remain involved in continuing education throughout their careers; and the compassion to provide hands-on patient care at the bedside—as they have done throughout the centuries. 

Nurses Week provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the spirit of nursing and acknowledge the tireless efforts of these vital health professionals.  It is also important to take time out during National Nurse’s Week to thank nurses for what they do and remind the public just how vital our nation’s nurses are to patients, their family and society.

"As we celebrate National Nurses Week, I hope all nurses will take the time to reflect on how rewarding a nursing career can be and to share your passion for nursing with others.  This week is an opportunity to take stock and take pride in what you accomplish as nurses, and hopefully to inspire others to choose this challenging and fulfilling profession," Bray concluded.


National Nurses Week

"Trusted to care"...Members of the KCH Nursing team l-r: Tammy Anderson, RN, Autum McCanna, Personal Care Aide; Elisha Osmer, RN, and Veronica Westerburg, LPN.  National Nurse's Week runs from May 6-12.