North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) celebrates National Nurses’ Week May 6 -12 honoring its more than 140 nurses whose hard work and commitment go above and beyond the call of duty.
“From the Emergency Room to long-term care, our exceptional nursing staff puts the needs of our patients first by providing the best care possible,” says Lorrie Mortensen, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at NHCH. “On behalf of the entire hospital, I wish to thank our more than 140 nurses for their time, talents and dedication.”
NHCH kicked off National Nurses’ Week with a candle lighting ceremony on Sunday, May 6th, and has appreciation activities scheduled each day this week to celebrate and honor their nursing staff. “Our nurses serve on the front lines of patient care and are always ready to address concerns, educate about the availability of treatment options and provide comfort to patients and family members. Nurses touch our patients’ lives each and every day and ensure that North Hawaii Community Hospital remains a vital part of our community,” says Mortensen.
Every year, National Nurses’ Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and improve the health of millions of individuals. Annually, National Nurses’ Week begins on May 6, marked as Registered Nurses Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.
The American Nurses Association, through its 54 constituent member associations, advances the profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting economic and general welfare, advocating for a positive and realistic view of nursing, and lobbying Congress and the regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
NHCH Background: North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) is a rural 33-bed acute care hospital located in Kamuela, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Non-profit, community owned and locally governed, the hospital opened in May 1996 and cares for Big Island residents and visitors. NHCH offers an extensive set of hospital services that are centered on patient needs, creating a healing experience for the whole person – mind, body and spirit.