National Nurses Week is celebrated across the country each year to acknowledge the many contributions nurses make to improve the quality of health care. The week starts on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The theme this year was “Nurses: Leading the Way” recognizing nurses as leaders in many different capacities – at the bedside, in the boardroom, throughout communities and in the halls of government.
At HSS, many events took place to mark Nurses Week, which kicked off with a special event honoring the Nursing Excellence Award winners, the 2014 Friend of Nursing Award recipient as well as the recipients of the Surgeon-in-Chief Nursing Certification Recognition Scholarship.
Stephanie J. Goldberg, MSN, R.N., NEA-BC, senior vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer, welcomed the nursing staff and shared highlights from 2013 and priorities in the pipeline for 2014. “Thanks to the efforts and dedication of our entire nursing staff, we achieved major accomplishments throughout 2013 and we’re off to a great start in 2014,” she said. “We have some key projects to focus on this year and I know we’ll be successful and continue to raise the bar for the practice of nursing.” Stephanie also announced the winners of the Nursing Excellence Awards.
Thomas P. Sculco, M.D., surgeon-in-chief emeritus*, then took the stage to present the recognition scholarships to the recipients. “I think our nurses are the best in the country, if not the world. Speaking for the medical staff, I can only tell you how proud we are to work with great professionals like yourselves, the excellence and care you provide our patients is unsurpassed,” he said. The scholarship award, which was established by Dr. Sculco, is granted annually and recognizes dedicated, professional, certified nurses and supports continuing education and certification.
Stephanie then presented the 2014 Friend of Nursing Award to this year’s honoree – Dr. Sculco. “Dr. Sculco has been a large supporter of nursing over the years and is dedicated to helping us provide high-quality care to our patients,” said Stephanie. “We thank you, Dr. Sculco, for your dedication and overall compassion to our staff.”
Throughout the rest of the week, nurses attended caring for the caregiver events, poster and research presentations and educational sessions. Nurses week concluded with a birthday celebration for Florence Nightingale, where Lou Shapiro, president and CEO, addressed the group and discussed the role of nurses in the future of healthcare. “Our nurses are key members of teams working with our patients throughout their journey on prevention, wellness, disease management and postoperative care. This will continue to be critical as we navigate the seas of change in the current healthcare environment,” he said. David B. Levine, M.D., director, Alumni Association & Archives, then presented on the history of Nursing at HSS and how Florence Nightingale transformed the profession. He also shared some historical nursing pictures with the group.
*This article is courtesy of ECHO, the employee Newsletter of Hospital for Special Surgery. As of July 2014, Dr. Sculco is surgeon-in-chief emeritus.
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