Nurses-Day---2015-006-Pro2-webFort HealthCare Celebrates National Nurses Week with Wellness Walk

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. During this week, Fort HealthCare nurses will celebrate by holding a Nurses Day Wellness Walk on Friday, May 8 which the community is welcome to participate in. The ANA has selected “Ethical Practice. Quality Care”  as the theme for 2015.

The walk will begin on the front lawn at Fort Memorial Hospital and proceed to Ralph Park; then to Fort HealthCare Internal Medicine and Pediatric; then finish on the lawn near the Emergency Room. Light refreshments and fun activities will be provided along the way. The walk starts at 11:00 a.m. and continues until 4:00 p.m. There is no formal group start time, so walkers may walk at their leisure. The event will be held, rain or shine.  This year, in case of extreme weather the festivities will be held in the hospital auditorium.

Michael Wallace, president and CEO of Fort HealthCare recently addressed the critical role nurses have in ensuring the health of the community.  “As more individuals require medical care with fewer resources available, the advancement of the Nursing profession becomes increasingly important.  Nurses are a fundamental link for ensuring patient safety and coordinating care as patients navigate through a complex system.”

The annual celebration of National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions.

The Nursing Services department at Fort HealthCare has made significant achievements. The 2014 Nursing Services Annual Report describes many of the accomplishments attained by the Fort HealthCare team, including improvement in patient experience efforts, advocating for high quality care and patient safety, initiation of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, increased collaborative efforts in Pediatric Wellness, and the introduction of the Clinical Pathway Recognition Program for nurses.

Renee L. Clark, CNO and Vice President of Nursing Services & Performance Improvement at Fort HealthCare has been highly supportive of the team’s effort to improve clinical care and enhance professional growth across the organization. “The nursing team here at Fort HealthCare is very much engaged within our organization and throughout the community. The team’s commitment, passion, and enthusiasm is truly inspiring and I’m very excited for what lies ahead for Fort HealthCare Nursing Services”.

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