National Nurses Week officially kicks off at PAH just as it does across the US and every year – on May 6 – Florence Nightingale’s birthday. According to the American Nurses Association, fewer than twenty nurses attended the first convention of the Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States and Canada in 1896, which eventually became the American Nurses Association in 1911. And since there were no laws licensing nurses at the time there was not a single registered nurse at the first convention. (Click here for A Brief History of National Nurses Week.)
My how things have changed! Take a walk through the Units of PAH today and you will meet RNs pursuing advanced degrees, achieving professional certification, and practicing evidence-based care. Along with the unit nurse you see advanced practice nurses, all working together, helping to improve the course of health care delivery.
PAH has many long-standing nursing traditions in the delivery of patient care and nursing education. Over many decades, our nurses continue to set an example of how their profession is so much more than just care-giving. Nursing, 21st Century-style, is a true blended practice. It is where the art of caring meets the science of medicine to alleviate human suffering, treat and prevent illness and injury, and contribute to the improvement of the human condition.
“As we celebrate this nurses week I want to express the tremendous amount of pride, gratitude and admiration I have for my team,” said Mary Del Guidice, MSN, RN, CENP, chief nursing officer. “They inspire me!”
All PAH employees and staff are welcome and encouraged to join the Nurses Week events. For the complete calendar of Nurses Week events at PAH, please visit the Nursing homepage on the PAH Intranet or click here.