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St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Marks National Nurses Month, Celebrates Year of the Nurse

St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Marks National Nurses Month, Celebrates Year of the Nurse
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 6, 2020

 

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St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Marks National Nurses Month, Celebrates Year of the Nurse

 

LEWISTON, IDAHO –  St. Joseph Regional Medical Center is proud to join the American Nurses Association (ANA) in celebrating National Nurses Month this May, in an expanded recognition of the positive impact our nurses have on the health and well-being of our community. National Nurses Week – observed annually May 6-12 – honors the women and men around the country who have dedicated their lives to caring for those who are at their most vulnerable and in need. This year, as the invaluable contributions of nurses have gained increased awareness amid the fight against COVID-19, that celebration is being extended into a National Nurses Month.

“Our heroic nurses are always on the front lines of caring for the sick and injured,” said Holly Urban, interim chief nursing officer of St. Joseph. “Their compassion, clinical expertise and servant leadership are fundamental to our ability to provide the high-quality care our patients have come to rely on. I am so proud to celebrate and honor their hard work – and not just during Nurses Month, but year-round. Their impact is an essential part of our mission of Making Communities Healthier.”

The roots of National Nurses Week can be traced back to 1953, when U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare employee Dorothy Sutherland suggested a national day of recognition for nurses. After a series of proclamations and resolutions through the decades, the American Nurses Association affirmed a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress by establishing May 6 as National Nurses Day in 1982. The ANA expanded the celebration to a week in 1991 and, in 1993, designated May 6-12 as the permanent annual dates to mark National Nurses Week.

In addition to this year’s expanded, month-long observance, the World Health Organization (WHO) has also declared 2020 as the Year of the Nurse. It is another well-deserved recognition for a group of professionals that could not have come at a more appropriate time.

“By their very nature, nurses are special people who are committed to selflessly serving and caring for others no matter the circumstance,” Urban says. “During our fight against COVID-19, our nurses have truly stepped up and are making countless sacrifices daily to ensure the safety of patients and each other, and to help protect our community. They are heroes in every sense of the word.”

St. Joseph will be delaying celebrating together until a later date.  In the meantime, nurse are being provided treats and notes of thanks and community members are encouraged to leave their own special note of thanks at www.thankahealthcarehero.com.

About St. Joseph Regional Medical Center

St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, part of LifePoint Health, is the largest full-service regional medical center between Boise and Spokane providing advanced-level specialty healthcare. Our commitment to providing safe, exceptional care for our community means having highly skilled and certified physicians on our healthcare team and a quality facility with the latest in medical technology. St. Joseph has more than 120 board-certified physicians and providers, active in both primary care and specialty practice.  We seek to enhance the quality of life of the citizens we serve in our local communities through the promotion of health, by assuring compassion, sharing knowledge, providing technology, and communicating a love for what we do. St. Joseph Regional Medical Center – Making Communities Healthier® by Continuing the Healing Ministry of Jesus.

For more information about St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, visit sjrmc.org.  For more information about LifePoint Health, visit LifePointHealth.net

 

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