Every year on May 12 – Florence Nightingale’s birthday – nurses across the nation take a moment to honor the woman many consider the founder of modern nursing.
Meanwhile, the rest of the nation honors them: National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and culminates on Nightingale's birthday. At Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, hospital leaders, physicians and patients take part in a weeklong celebration to recognize individual nurses and the value of nursing initiatives enhancing the quality of patient care (see schedule of events/photo ops below).
“There’s never been a more rewarding or challenging time to be a nurse,” said Sarasota Memorial Chief Nursing Officer Jan Mauck. “In an increasingly complex health care environment, nurses are taking a greater leadership role and raising the standards of the profession, while balancing that clinical expertise with the warmth, compassion and dedication to patients that have always been the hallmark of the nursing profession.”
Sarasota Memorial's 1,200 nurses already lead the industry – the hospital is one of just 5 percent of health systems across the nation and the only one in this region to earn Magnet Nursing Services Recognition, the nation’s highest honor for excellence in nursing. Given by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center, Magnet designation means Sarasota Memorial provides an environment that attracts and retains the best nurses and supports organization-wide initiatives that lead to higher quality patient care.
Among other achievements, Sarasota Memorial’s nursing initiatives include a special residency unit that pairs veteran nurses and new nurses, life-saving nursing teams, critical research and education programs that are increasing the percentage of bedside RNs with bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees.
“Nurses truly are the heartbeat of the hospital,” Mauck said. “Both individually and collectively, they have the power and the passion to save lives and elevate the overall quality of our care delivery system.”
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National Nurses’ Week is May 6 - 12! SMH has a full slate of events planned to honor our more than 1,200 nurses:
Monday, May 6
6:30 – 9 a.m. - Breakfast for nurses, PCTs and MSTs in 4A&B, provided by the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation
Tuesday, May 7
3:30 p.m. - Nurse/PCT-MST of Excellence Ceremony in the Auditorium
Wednesday, May 8
Throughout the day/evening - Blessing of the Hands - Chaplains will make rounds
9 a.m. - Continuing education, “Caring for Patients with Addiction” in the Auditorium (1.5 contact hours)
Thursday, May 9
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Research Day in the Auditorium (contact hours provided)
Friday, May 10
6:30 – 8 a.m. - Morning welcome (special greetings by hospital staff)
Saturday, May 10
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Birthday cake for Florence Nightingale in SMH Windows Cafeteria (4th floor/near B elevators)
Unit celebrations also take place throughout the week.