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Published on May 18, 2017
Essentia Health-St. Joseph' Medical Center & Clinics celebrated National Nurses Day on Wednesday, May 10 with a ceremony recognizing nurses who model Essentia Health values in their daily work.
As the largest employer in the County, one in three of our nearly 1,500 colleagues are nurses. At Essentia nurses have many different areas of expertise and training and fill important roles in almost every part of our organization. Some examples include registered nurses (RN), licensed practical nurses (LPN), nurse practitioners (NP), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA), and clinical nurse specialists.
Pat DeLong, Essentia Health-St. Joseph' Medical Center & Clinics Chief Nursing Officer says, "Our nurses are an incredible group. Whether they're in our clinic or hospital, each department I go to is filled with smiling people who have a passion for caring for our community. Being an Essentia Health nurse is about witnessing our values to others in a caring and compassionate manner, it makes nursing here a very special thing."
Essentia honored twelve nurses who embody six values, Quality, Hospitality, Respect, Justice, Stewardship, and Teamwork.
"I was very honored to be recognized at our National Nurse' Day celebration for the value of Quality. This nomination coming from my peers is truly an honor to me, knowing the caliber of professional nurses I have the privilege to work with every day at Essentia. I love that our organization sets aside this time to acknowledge the work of all of our nurses, who put their hearts and souls into making a difference for our patients," said Wendy Davidson, Nurse Manager for Pediatrics and Obstetrics/ Gynecology.
Although only a few nurses were honored today, they quickly praised their colleagues for their teamwork.
"Honoring hardworking nurses and celebrating them is a great way to build better nurses for the community," DeLong says. "We want to have great nurses here because our community deserves absolutely the best care. We want every patient who comes to Essentia Health and their family to feel welcomed and to know they're getting the best care possible."
National Nurses Week was May 6-12 which is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale' birthday.