Hospital Celebrates National Nurses Week
As soon as you walk into a hospital or doctor’s office, one of the first touch-points of contact you will have is with a member of the facility’s nursing team. Nurses provide essential care and it’s time they are recognized for the incredible work they provide.
May 6-12 is National Nurses week, a nationwide program that recognizes the valuable role nurses play in healthcare. Faith Community Hospital (FCH) is joining the effort in celebrating the nurses in Jack County and across the U.S.
“Our nurses are so important to the care of our patients assisting our medical providers and providing exceptional care to our patients,” says Frank Beaman, CEO of FCH. “Nurses are essentially ambassadors for the hospital, demonstrating our commitment to patient satisfaction and excellence in medical care.
Beaman said nursing demands a compassionate personality and special coping skills. “Nurses must be able to be even-tempered, efficient and professional in crisis situations. They must also have deep concern and compassion for people to choose a profession that can be so demanding,” he added.
Beaman went on to explain that there are three levels of nursing: the registered nurse (RN), the licensed vocational nurse (LVN), and the nurse aide. Both the RN and LVN must pass state examinations to be licensed. An RN may have completed an ADN (associate degree of nursing) program, which takes two years, a three year program which gives them a diploma, or may have completed a BSN (Bachelor of Science in nursing) degree.
“Regardless of which level of training the nurse chooses, all licensed nurses take a standard test, no matter what area of nursing or size of hospital they work in. They must possess the same set of skills to be licensed,” added Beaman.
“Our nurses make up the largest number of employees at FCH,” Beaman said. “They have a tremendous impact on this hospital and in our community. We’re proud of this dedicated group of people and salute them on National Nurses Week.”
National Nurses Week begins on May 6 of each year, the anniversary of Nightingale’s arrival in Crimea and ends on her birthday, May 12. In 1974, President Nixon declared May 6 through May 12 National Nurses Week.
Often referred to as the “lady with the lamp,” Nightingale received her reputation during the Crimean War when she led a group of 38 nurses through the battleground. Throughout her journey, Nightingale provided much needed services to the badly wounded British troops of the war. As night fell, she continued her mission lighting the way with her famous lamp.