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Celebrating National Nurses Week
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Celebrating National Nurses Week
May 6 – 12, 2013

Designed to raise awareness of the value of nursing and to help educate the public about the vital role nurses play in meeting the health care needs of our community, we will celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6 - 12, 2013.

During this special week, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital wishes to extend its congratulations to every nurse across our region. These caring, committed and dedicated professionals are an integral part of the health of our community.

With more than 200 nurses at St. Joseph Mercy alone, we are truly fortunate to celebrate the outstanding contributions of each and every nurse who touches the hand and heart of a patient.

We are grateful to our nurses and what they bring to our organization. To help honor their commitment, we focus attention not only one week a year, but all the weeks of the year; for their contribution can never be undervalued or overlooked.

From spearheading the launch of important initiatives such as the Safety-Quality: Every Patient/Every Time project dedicated to the consistent delivery of the highest quality, safest and most efficient care for very patient, every time; to delivering Patient-Centered and Relationship-Based Care while working within the Shared Decision Making model and its extensive series of nursing councils, our nurses look each and every day to improve, expand and develop innovative programs to meet our patient quality and safety goals.

Those nurses who truly stand above and beyond their peers within our organization are regularly honored with the nationally-acclaimed Daisy Award. As recommended by the Institute of Medicine, we are also dedicated to the advancement of the practice of nursing and have issued a number of full scholarships this year to nurses attaining their Bachelor of Nursing Science (BSN) degree. Our goal: to increase the proportion of nurses with a BSN to 80 percent by 2020.

Of course, we have a number of great events and activities planned in celebration of this important week. In my 27 years of nursing, however, I would have to say that it is the daily celebration of the lives touched by our nursing staff that is most relevant to the overall health of our community; and for that I am forever thankful.

Karen Harris, RN, BSN, MSA
Chief Nursing Officer/Vice President Nursing
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

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