This reporter spent several days in the hospital at Atrium Health Lincolnton during Christmas 2018. Like most patients, following a hospital stay, I was appreciative of the care given me by the nurses there.
Nearly four million registered nurses help to save lives and maintain the health of people around the country. We salute them during National Nurses Week (May 6 – 12), a time set aside to highlight the many ways that nurses work to improve health care. The annual recognition is timed to coincide with National Nurses Day, which was Monday May 6th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is known as the “founder of modern nursing.”
Maureen Swick, senior vice president and system nurse executive with Atrium Health, noted: “Nursing requires a person to be both data-minded and people-focused. Nurses care for a patient’s emotional needs, just as much as they care for their physical ailments. In many ways, nurses are both clinical and social scientists, trained in the art and science of medicine.
“Nurses must know when extra precautions are required to avoid spreading infection. They must know warning signs of potential problems; and they need to know when a patients' emotional state will prevent them from processing needed health information. They must pay attention to detail, but also stay attuned to the needs of the whole person.
“This balance makes our nurses ideal advocates for, and educators of, our patients. They form a bridge between a sometimes scary and complicated healthcare system and the people in their care.”
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