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Happy Birthday, Nightingale
A special timeline illustrates quite an extraordinary life.
A nod to Nightingale
WHO designates 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
Smooth care transitions matter
Learn how to avoid readmissions in this free CE course.
Are you an ethics champion?
You are if you promote three core responsibilities.
If Nightingale were alive today
Veterans? The poor? Read about causes she may have championed.
Certification bolsters career
Earning certification can help your nursing salary surge.
DAISY blooms across the globe
The program continues to make its international mark.
Wound care you need to know
Learn how outdated practices can compromise wound treatment.
Letters with lasting impact
Florence's letters reveal what her concerns were back in the day.
Achieve peace of mind
Try meditation and feng shui to take your self-care to a new level.
The cape comes with the job
RNs can’t leap tall buildings, but they show heroism in other ways.
Two minutes with Florence
Nurses share what they would ask Nightingale if they had the chance.
CE: EBP in a clinical setting
Learn how evidence-based practice is a boon for patients.
Make sound ethical choices
Do you know the six key ethical principles that guide decisions?
Celebrate education progress
Nurse education requirements are changing to meet patients' needs.
Manage conflict like a pro
Use these 9 tips to keep the peace at work and at home.
Inspired by Nightingale
An asteroid was named after her! Read more namesake fun facts.
Learning goes beyond school
Communication and leadership can sharpen your nursing prowess.
We celebrate our nurses
Churchill, Twain, Dickens ... Get inspired by our RNs' quote picks.
Nurses and their causes
Nurses are taking the lead as advocates in various settings.
Browse our CE catalog
We have the education modules you need to elevate your career.
Don't wait to say 'thanks!'
Weave regular recognition into your goals. Nurses deserve it.
Celebrating is academic
Faculty and students take part in Nurses Week celebrations.
Life as a nurse attorney
Blogger shares why she became a legal advocate for nurses.
Diversity takes center stage
RNs are improving workforce diversity and cultural competence.
A walk down memory lane
Read how Nurses Week was born out of decades of advocacy.
Self-care feeds good ethics
Find out why RNs should prioritize staying healthy.
Are you satisfied?
Nurses reveal whether their jobs are making them happy.
Help human trafficking victims
Learn to identify and assess victims with this CE course.
Nursing students celebrate, too
Find out how students get inspired on National Student Nurses Day.
Protect your nursing practice
25 legal tools you need to protect your career.
Nursing students celebrate too
Thanking mentors and relishing their future careers are on the agenda
By
Linda Childers
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The American Nurses Association designated one day during National Nurses Week — May 8 — as National Student Nurses Day. To mark the occasion, we spoke to student nurses from across the country about what National Nurses Week means to them, how their schools celebrate and why they chose nursing as a career.
“Knowing there is a week dedicated to the millions of nurses in America makes me grateful to be a part of the nursing community. Like many other student nurses, I was drawn to the field by the core nursing values that align with my own: caring, integrity, diversity and excellence. I want to be the person standing next to your loved one, providing words of support and competent care throughout the healing process.”
— Ara Kim, a junior in the BSN program at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and a member of the New Jersey Nursing Students Inc. board of directors
“During National Nurses Week, it’s nice to see students express their gratitude to the peers and faculty who inspire and encourage them each day. Dr. Susan Zori and Dr. Karen Mancini are two of my advisers who have always had an open door for me and I’m grateful to have had them as mentors. National Nurses Week also reminds me that one day, I too can have an impact on student nurses similar to the impact that so many faculty members have had on me.”
— Alexandria Ruddy, a senior in the BSN program at Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health, Garden City, N.Y., and president of school’s student nurses association
“I believe National Nurses Week is a great time to celebrate our instructors, not only for their nursing service but for their continued dedication to promoting the future of nursing through education. Many of my instructors lead by example through volunteer work or by continuing their own education in nursing. I have always seen this week as a time to thank the nurses in my life.”
— Megan Kennedy, a freshman in the ADN program at Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, Calif.
“National Nurses Week inspires us to reach out to other communities and use our skills to create a beneficial environment for all. Our inspiration has led us to Guatemala where we provide health clinics and are humbled to give anything we can to the members of these communities. Watching my mom practice nursing for more than 25 years showed me nursing would be the best avenue for me to pursue as both a health professional and someone who looks at the whole of an individual. Being raised partially in a third world country, I’ve seen the limited healthcare access many have and believe nursing is the path I can take to make a difference.”
— Nigam Reddy, a senior in the BSN program at Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fla. He currently is on a medical mission with nursing students in Guatemala.
“National Nurses Week recognizes how valuable our profession is and displays the numerous career paths you can take as a nurse. I believe nursing is a beautiful profession that bridges the gap between looking at the physical damage a person has along with all the extra pieces that make them who they are. Our Student Nurses Association is planning a week of activities that showcases the reach of nursing in different communities.”
— Kathryn Davies, senior, BSN, minor in Psychology, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fla., serving on a medical mission with nursing students in Guatemala
“National Nurses Week helps me to remember the depth of possibilities that exist within the nursing profession, as well as the long and remarkable history of how nursing has evolved over the years. I decided nursing was my calling when I was 14 and my grandfather was very sick and in the hospital. I was in awe of how compassionate and professional the nurses were and how they made his family feel involved in his healing as well. I knew I wanted to be like them someday, taking care of patients and their families, and making a positive impact on people’s lives.”
— Rosie Humes, a junior in the BSN program at the University of Portland (Ore.) School of Nursing, Portland
“Nurses are advocates, leaders and educators and are a valuable piece of the healthcare team. National Nurses Week gives others [outside of the profession a chance] to recognize their role. I had always considered a career in nursing and shortly after high school, the person closest to me almost lost his life. Nurses were there for him around the clock, continuously monitoring and assessing, answering questions for the family as well as the patient. I decided I wanted to be that person.”
— Kayla Campos, a senior in the ADN program at San Francisco (Calif.) City College
“My college celebrates National Nurses Week by displaying both faculty and student research, hosting lectures, and inspiring other students to become nurses. The week inspires me to continue to further my education and to explore opportunities.”
— Ethan Bravin, a junior in the BSN program at Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health, Garden City, N.Y., and chairman of the Student Activities Board
“I was inspired after hearing a nurse talk about how she worked to lower the infant mortality rate in her community. It made me realize that nurses have such a wide range of opportunities and that they can affect change both at the bedside and at the legislative level. My nursing school celebrates National Nurses Week in conjunction with the JFK Medical Center, and it’s great to not only see the many contributions that nurses are making but to also see them get recognition from patients and the community via social media for accomplishments that may have gone unnoticed.”
— Alexandra May, RN, recent graduate of JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder School of Nursing, Plainfield, N.J., and president of New Jersey Nursing Students Inc.
Tagging teachers, celebrating mentors
A good mentor can lead a nurse down a path toward a fulfilling career.
Mentors also can build confidence, engage and motivate new nurses and students. Who inspired you in your career? To celebrate National Nurses Week, we asked our Facebook followers to give a shout-out to their mentors. Here are a few responses we received to the question, “Do you have a mentor who changed your life or influenced your career? Tell us why!” And the grateful mentors responded!
“Donna Gutierrez. Wonderful instructor, knowledgeable, and inspirational!!! Best clinical experience with this beautiful woman. Grateful to now call her a colleague. Thanks for all you’ve done for me and taught me.”
— Steph Herrera
“Steph Herrera! Thank you! I’m grateful for our friendship! You’re an awesome and caring nurse. Our Veterans are blessed to have you!”
— Donna Gutierrez
“Rosie Sigler Silberling because she believed in me when I needed that. Kathy Kigerl because she pushed me to become more than I thought I could. Am honored that these women are now my friends.”
— Cindy Mattor Paige
“You rock Cindy Mattor Paige - and let’s not forget high tea & beautiful linens.”
— Rosie Sigler Silberling
“Cindy, thank you for the kind words! You always had it in you- the creativity/the organization/the leadership skills- you just needed a little ‘push’!”
— Kathy Kigerl
“Several strong nurse mentors as a student!”
— Sharon Barlow Caldwell
“Donna Baldwin you are the best!”
— Melissa Crotty
“Scarlett Renee Gutierrez, Nancy Wells, Ann Amos McCalister”
— James Rowe
“Jackie Ballard, Lena Bath, Rebecca Cuda, Rebecca Poole”
— Ash Ash
“That's nice to [know] Ash.”
— Jackie Ballard
“Aww, thanks Ash!!”
— Rebecca Poole
“Thanks Ash Clifford! Such a compliment! Hopefully a positive mentor. ;-)”
— Rebecca Cuda
“Thanks, Ash.”
— Lena Bath
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EDITOR'S NOTE:
Linda Childers is a freelance writer.
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