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May 5 , 2008

National Nurses Week to Be Celebrated May 6-12

Sheboygan , Wis. --The work of America's 2.9 million registered nurses to save lives and to maintain the health of millions of individuals is the focus of this year's National Nurses Week, celebrated annually May 6-12 throughout the United States. This year, the American Nurses Association has selected "Nurses: Making a Difference Every Day" as the theme for 2008. The purpose of National RN Recognition Day is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and to help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the health care needs of the American people.

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.

St. Nicholas Hospital is honoring nurses with a celebration on Friday, May 9. This year, nurses who have volunteered their services above and beyond their work at the Hospital will be recognized. The Hospital will also be recognizing all nurses who are or have been preceptors for new employees or students. A preceptor demonstrates how nurses share their expertise above and beyond their job.

Another exciting thing that St. Nicholas Hospital nurses are doing this year for Nurses Week is the "Giving Back to the Community" campaign. Nurses are donating items of need to three organizations in Sheboygan. They plan on delivering these gifts on the last day of Nurses Week as a way of ending the week long celebration.

A final event for Nurses Week is the kick off of the Nursing Shared Governance at St. Nicholas Hospital. Nursing Shared Governance is a process which gives clinical nurses the opportunity to participate in decision-making issues that affect their practice and patients at the Hospital. "This is a very exciting time for nurses at St. Nicholas Hospital in being more involved with their patients and their practice," said Ann Roe, RN, BSN, and Chair of the Professional Nurse Practice Council. The focus of Shared governance is moving nurse committees beyond simply making recommendations to empowering nurses to carry out their decisions that affect their practice and their patients.

About St. Nicholas Hospital
St. Nicholas Hospital is a non-profit hospital sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis located at 3100 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Their mission and vision is to provide family-centered, compassionate care without regard for race, creed, or ability to pay. This is achieved through the core values of respect, care, competence, and joy.

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CONTACT: Ryan Perkins
Director, Marketing
St. Nicholas Hospital
3100 Superior Avenue
Sheboygan , WI 53081


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