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Celebrating National Nursing Week

May 1, 2011— It takes an array of professionals to keep a hospital running day to day. At the heart of every hospital is its staff of dedicated, highly specialized nurses. From geriatrics to the operating room, nurses at APD are on the front line when it comes to patient care.

Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America's 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. This year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected Nurses Trusted to Care as the national theme for 2011.

“While the demands are high and the hours are long, it is an amazing honor to go to work every day knowing you are making a positive impact on the lives of others,” states Beverley Rankin, RN, MSA, BC-NE, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “Our nurses not only serve on the front lines of patient care, but are always ready to educate about treatment options, address concerns, and provide comfort to patients and family members.”

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as Registered Nurse Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. During this week, nurses will be honored at APD with luncheons and recognition events.