Nurses’ Week 2013- Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care
By Barbara Larson RN, Vice President of Patient Care
National Nurses Week began as recognition during the birthday week of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. Nursing continues to be ranked by the public as the most trusted profession based on honesty and ethical standards.
Nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers. Although nurses historically have provided hands on patient care at the bedside and will continue to do so, nurses are deeply involved in health education, research, business and public policy. Nurses are playing a key role in transforming the health care system with a focus on improving quality and managing costs.
From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is expanding to meet the health care needs of American society.
We have many roles, and we serve all of them with passion for the profession and a strong commitment to patient safety.
Avera Sacred Heart Hospital is proud to join other Yankton organizations in recognizing nurses during this week to honor the dedication, commitment, and tireless effort and quality of work nurses provide seven days a week, 365 days a year. As Vice President for Patient Care and a nurse for more than 30 years, I want to acknowledge and thank all of the nurses at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and in our community for the incredible service they provide to our community. What would a hospital, home care, clinic, nursing home or any health-care facility be without nurses? It’s hard to imagine.