Since 1993, the American Nurses Association has identified May 6-12 as National Nurses Week. These dates are significant because the week ends on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12. These seven days allow healthcare organizations to celebrate nurses.
At Ascension Via Christi Pittsburg, we have more than 200 nurses who care for patients at the bedside, perform exams in our clinics and provide calming support in our operating rooms. These hard-working men and women provide compassionate care to our friends, families and neighbors in this region.
Nurses have the honor to serve and care for the sick, injured and vulnerable. They make a difference in every encounter and with every patient. They provide high quality and safe patient care. Yet, they may not consciously recognize the tremendous impact they have on patients and families.
We recently recognized our 4th quarter DAISY Award recipient, Irene Gitundu, a registered nurse in our Medical/Surgical unit. Nurses are nominated for the DAISY Award by patients, family members, physicians and fellow associates. The award is presented to outstanding nurses for their compassion, professionalism and dedication to the excellent care of their patients.
Irene was nominated twice, but the nomination that really stood out was from a patient’s family member:
“Irene has the pleasant and uplifting personality that can make even the grumpiest patient’s heart melt. She encourages with humor, reassures with kindness, and tackles even the most sensitive issues head on. My husband has COPD due to smoking and ends up with infection at least once a year that is life threatening. She is the only medical professional ‘doctors included’ who took the time to directly and compassionately to tell him to stop smoking NOW. He listened and promised to try. If he quits it will be because of her kind and direct support. As we left the hospital he remarked that someday that he could stop by and tell her “Hi.” This is not his typical reaction and it only goes to show what a great impression she made.”
I am honored to work alongside Irene and all of our nurses who chose this honorable and much-needed profession. Thank you for all you do!
Tawny Sandifer, RN, BSN, MSN
Chief Nursing Officer
Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg