Nurses celebrate their profession

Monday marked the end of National Nurse Week, recognizing nurses for their dedication to career, volunteerism and community involvement.

“Every year, it is held from May 6 to May 12, because the 12th is Florence Nightingale’s birthday,” Trudy Bloomquist, chief nursing officer at Warren General Hospital, said.

She said that nurses will lead the change that is coming with the Affordable Care Act, and in order to successfully accomplish this, “The big push nationwide is to encourage nurses to earn B.S.N. degrees (bachelor of science in nursing), certifications in their specialties, and to encourage them to move forward.”

A 2010 report by the Institute of Medicine said, in part, “Nursing education needs to move from a task-based curriculum to involve care management and decision-making skills, quality, systems thinking and team leadership.”

On Monday, breakfast, lunch and dinners were served to the roughly 150 night, day and evening shift nurses at Warren General. Additionally Bloomquist said that the nursing leadership team at WGH put together 11 themed gift baskets that were given away in drawings at the end of the day. She added that the themes ranged from gardening, to bird feeding, snacks and even a dinner/movie basket.

There was also a “recognition wall,” listing accomplishments made by the hospital’s nurses, like volunteering to work on the Navajo reservation in Arizona and Mexico, and a medical mission to Peru. Comments on the quality of care by patients were also posted.

Two WGH nurses who are Jamestown Community College alumni were named JCC Nurses of Distinction.