National Nurses Week is celebrated May 6 – 12, 2019. During this celebration we recognize the valuable contributions nurses make within the American health care system. Nurses hold the distinction of being the most trusted professional in health care. With trust that great, comes great responsibility. Sitting on the front line of planning, coordinating, delivering and evaluating care; nurses bring a breadth of expertise, knowledge and carefully refined people skills to the table.
Our nurses quickly and effectively develop and nurture relationships with patients, family members and the other members of our care teams. As a nurse, they apply their knowledge and judgment to ensure care is individualized and is holistic. Nurses become the invaluable emotional support, understanding the complexities and implications of the illnesses our patients face. Nurses are key in teaching patients and families about their health and how to best manage the health concerns they may face.
Nurses communicate with physicians to provide feedback on how patients are responding to the medical plan of care. Because of the significant amount of time they spend with patients, they are the one comprehensively monitoring their progress. They are a patient’s greatest advocate.
While it takes many pieces to efficiently run a hospital, the nursing team lies at the heart of care delivery. On behalf of Lake Huron Medical Center, and the patients and families we care for, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to our nurses, who deliver the compassionate and high-quality health care the Blue Water Area has come to expect from us. Thank you for caring for our patients with compassion and grace. We would also like to recognize all nurses in our community, serving in public and private sectors, working tirelessly to improve the health of our neighbors.
During National Nurses Week, Lake Huron Medical Center would like to extend a special thanks to you, our nurses, as you continue to provide the highest level of quality care to your patients. You serve special recognition for your vast contributions and the positive impact you make every day.
Pat Roberts, RN, MS
Chief Nursing Officer