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Nurses Week: Honoring those whose compassion knows no bounds

A letter from Carla Yost , Chief Nursing and Quality Officer, Ascension Via Christi:

For more than a quarter of a century, May 6 has marked the beginning of National Nurses Week and May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday, its official end.

At Ascension Via Christi, we are blessed to have more than 3,000 nurses serving throughout Kansas at the hospital bedside, in our clinics as well as in other patient care roles. 

Some are new graduates, while others have served our Mission for decades. They are a diverse group, but have one thing in common: A commitment to providing exceptional care to those we serve.

Although there are so many stories I could share, one in particular recently touched my heart.

Tyler Harding, RN, who serves in our Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis, was selected by Newman University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health as its Preceptor of the Year, presented annually to an RN who students say has made a significant contribution to their clinical education. It’s a significant honor — one that comes as no surprise. He also was recently recognized with a DAISY award for his care of a dying patient and her family. Wrote the patient’s granddaughter in nominating him for the award: “Tyler took the time to learn all of my family members’ names and who we are to my grandma, and there were a lot of us.”
Tyler, who she says checked in on the family even on days he wasn’t assigned to her, “went above and beyond to make our experience a little better as my Grandma fought hard for her life.”

We cannot always change the outcome, but as nurses we can create a lasting and positive memory in the hearts of those left behind. I am honored to work alongside Tyler and the many other equally dedicated nurses whose compassion knows no bounds and who each day go above and beyond to ensure the safe, quality care and the best possible outcomes and experience for patients and their families. 

Please join me this week, along with the other 51 weeks of the year, in thanking nurses for their contributions to the health and quality of life in our community.

Carla Yost 
Chief Nursing and Quality Officer
Ascension Via Christi

About Roz Hutchinson

Roz Hutchinson is a Wichita wife, mother and chief spoiler of six grandkids and three Chihuahuas, a die-hard women's basketball fan, and director of Communications and Public Relations for Ascension Via Christi.