SARASOTA, Fla. (May 4, 2018) – Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is kicking off Nurses Week today with a daylong slate of activities recognizing the care and commitment of its more than 1,400 nurses.
Nurses Week takes place May 6-12 each year, with nationwide events and activities that culminate on the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
“Nursing is one of the most respected and trusted professions in the world,” Sarasota Memorial Chief Nursing Officer Connie Andersen said. “Today’s nurses are caregivers, educators, researchers, mentors and advocates who inspire, influence and innovate every day. They protect, promote and improve the health of our patients and community, and we can’t thank them enough for the many vital roles they play.”
Indeed, according to the latest Gallup poll
, nurses soar above all other professions in the eyes of the public; the profession has been ranked as the most honest and ethical for the past 16 years.
SMH will start today’s festivities with a special breakfast for nurses and annual conference that highlights innovative research initiatives by SMH nurses and national leaders. The keynote presentation “Human Surrogates: Real, Virtual, and Augmented Shape, Appearance, and Intelligence” will be presented by Gregory Welch, PhD, professor and endowed chair in Healthcare Simulation at the University of Central Florida.
After lunch, SMH will present its annual nursing excellence awards to clinicians and nursing leaders who epitomize the values that have made Sarasota Memorial a “Magnet Hospital” for nurses. SMH has achieved Magnet re-designation continuously since 2003 for demonstrating the highest standards in nursing leadership and care – an achievement accomplished by just 1 percent of the nation’s hospitals.
Today’s events also will include the longstanding “Blessing of the Hands” ceremony, a tradition in which hospital chaplains anoint nurses’ hands with oil and bless them as instruments of healing.
About Sarasota Memorial
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits each year. Its flagship 829-bed, acute-care hospital has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s largest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services – from urgent care, trauma and emergency services to laboratory and diagnostic imaging, home health, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. SMH is the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest five-star quality award since the rating system launched in 2016.