ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – MAY 12, 2009 – National Nurses Week ended on a high note at Flagler Hospital when Joan Nightingale Fox, great grand niece of Florence Nightingale, visited to celebrate the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
Fox addressed a crowd of nurses on the importance of nursing as a profession and encouraged Flagler’s nurses to continue to provide the best patient care. Fox also presented Julie Hull, RN, and Alanna White, RN, with Florence Nightingale awards. This award will be given annually to nurses who have been in the profession for at least 20 years and who exemplify the standards set by Florence Nightingale.
National Nurses Week begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This year’s theme, “Building a Healthy America,” reflects the commitment nurses make every day in building a healthy America for the public they serve.
National Nurses Week was made even more special when 22 of Flagler Hospital’s nurses were chosen as part of the Great 100 Nurses of Northeast Florida for 2009. Those honored for 2009 were Carliss Anderson, Susan Baglivio, Sharon Collela, Anne Corrado, Linda Fitzpatrick, Snooky Hansen, Karen Holmquist, Diana Justice, Roberta Kemper, Jennifer Lofgren, Judy Look, Holly McDermott, Stacie Meyer, Barbara Mitchell, Cheryl Pouilotte, Carol Purdue, Joan L. Robinson, Nana Royer, Melissa Senior, Lydia Spagnuolo, Tara Willis and Clara Wolfle. These nurses not only excel in giving nursing care, but also improve the overall health and quality of others’ lives.
Each year, National Nurses Week focuses on highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.