Howard Nurses Celebrate National Nurses Week

WASHINGTON (May 12) -- Howard University Hospital nurses have embraced 2010 National Nurses Week with dramatic zeal.

Nearly 100 nurses appeared Wednesday morning on Good Morning Washington on WJLA, Channel 7, the local ABC-affiliate, in support of the week.  Meanwhile, they have been busy all week with programs to help drive home this year’s theme, “Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow.”

The most visible symbol of their work is a huge display that greets visitors and employees as they head down the first floor corridor.

The display was designed by Cynthia Flores, a member of the Department of Maternal Child Health and nurse coordinator on the Pediatrics Unit.

Photographs and cutout images of dozens of the hospital’s nurses are featured in the display, which also celebrates the history of nursing at the hospital.

Flores, described by her coworkers as creative and energetic, has been with the hospital for 28 years and designed a similar display last year.
National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers.

Aside from their work in hospitals, they work in doctors’ offices, school-based clinics, homeless shelters and scores of other facilities. They have many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher – and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.

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