In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare sent a proposal to President Dwight D. Eisenhower to proclaim a Nurse Day to recognize nurses contributions to healthcare. Today, National Nurses Week is celebrated May 6-12 every year, ending on the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale. The following are examples of how Kansas City facilities plan to celebrate this annual, memorable occasion.Shana Fromholtz, RN
Shana Fromholtz, RN, BSN, CPN, 2010/2011 NPEC co-chair Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City
Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics has paired with our hospitals Nurse Professional Excellence Council to plan our May 2-7 events. NPEC is a group of staff nurses from all areas of Children’s Mercy, and they provided the Nurses Week planning committee with a list of staff events to be included in this years celebration. Our activities include celebrations at our many off-site facilities; presentations of our clinical excellence awards and nursing scholarships; a night-shift buffet and a weekend option breakfast served by members of our hospitals leadership team; and four Evidence of our Excellence hospitality rooms throughout the hospital, sponsored by NPEC. As a Magnet facility, quality is always an important component of everything we do, and the hospitality rooms will feature posters of our nursing excellence and quality standards. All nurses will receive a commemorative gift to thank them for their dedication to the children and families cared for at Children’s Mercy.Treasa Putthoff, RN
Treasa Putthoff, RN, CRNI, LMH IV therapy dept., Nurses Week/Day committee chair Lawrence (Kan.) Memorial Hospital
Our planning committee is comprised of nursing and non-nursing staff. Our nursing staff works very hard to provide the best care to our customers; we want to give the best care back to them. We are celebrating Nurses Week May 4-6, because LMH Hospital week festivities occur May 9-13. We will have many vendors and massage therapists providing free massages. Banners and cookies will be delivered to all nursing units, departments with nurses, and on- and off-site clinics May 4. These areas will elect one nurse to represent their area as Nurse of the Day. Honorees will receive a gift and be entered into another drawing for a large gift. Their biographies will be part of a PowerPoint presentation, which will run continuously in our atrium. A scholarship awards ceremony will be held May 5, and a large drawing of gift cards, massages and vendor donations occurs May 6.Connie Green, RN
Connie Green, RN, MSN, OCN, nurse manager, fifth-floor oncology and palliative care team North Kansas City (Mo.) Hospital
We are planning a Cinco De Mayo-themed event May 11, which is open to anyone in the hospital in celebration of our wonderful nursing staff. As we proceed on our journey to Magnet status, there will be tables with posters displaying our Shared Governance Committees (such as Quality Council, Standards of Practice and Unit Based Councils) and the great things they are doing along with member information. As a way to pamper our nurses, massage therapists will provide chair and hand massages throughout the day. We also will provide food and raffle giveaways, with many of the prizes donated from area businesses. Nursing staff also will receive a trendy recyclable plastic cup and straw, hemostats and a nice pen for the assistive nursing staff. A four-person committee is planning the festivities led by co-chairs Connie Green and Becky Unruh. Two other staff members are shadowing Connie and Becky to lead the activities next year. Connie describes the process as passing the torch to make the process easier the next year. The committee has met with nursing leadership for their input, feedback and approval. Unit Based Councils also provided gift ideas. Closer to the celebration, nursing leadership and other volunteers will prepare the gifts with involvement by the nursing managers secretaries to complete prize drawings prior to the event. Results will be posted and prizes and gifts distributed May 11.Anne Healy, RN
Anne Healy, RN, BSN, MSA, CNE-BC, med/surg services director, left, and Donna Swift, RN, MN, manager of nursing operations Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.
When Providence Medical Centers Nursing Recruitment and Retention committee began planning activities to celebrate Nurses Week 2011, they decided to focus on how one nurse can make a difference in the lives of their patients. The highlight is a presentation by Tena Barnes Carraher, vice president and co-founder of the DAISY Awards, a national nursing awards program implemented at the hospital level that recognizes compassionate and caring nurses. Carraher is the widow of Patrick Barnes, the individual for whom the DAISY Foundation was established. Her presentation will cover The Power of Gratitude: How the DAISY Foundation Impacts Nurse Recognition, Retention and Research. During Nurses Week, Barnes Carraher will recognize the hospitals first DAISY Award-winning nurse. To honor clinical excellence in nursing, the Florence Nightingale award will be presented at the annual Nurses Week reception. Funded by the hospitals medical staff, the winner has the opportunity to attend a national nursing conference to further professional development. Other activities include a CEU presentation by Nelda Godfrey, RN, PhD, ACNS-BC, on Developing Professional Identity, Leading Change, Advancing Health; a Blessing of the Hands by spiritual care staff; and a food drive for the communitys food pantry, Harvesters.Janet Ahlstrom, RN
Janet Ahlstrom, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, director of professional practice Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Medical Center
SMMC plans Nurses Week events with representatives from our shared leadership structure. Practice and Professional Development Council representatives work together to determine the theme and schedule of events annually. Our Distinguished Nurse Lecture program speaker is Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN, CSP, CPAE, who will discuss Amazed and Amused: Success, Significance and Happiness for Health Care Professionals. SMMC is excited to host her through an innovative funding collaboration with University of Kansas Hospital. The week continues with the Certified Nurse reception, the Frontline Leadership Academy recognition, healthy snacks for night-shift associates, the Blessing of the Hands ceremony and publication of the nursing annual report. Nursing Excellence Awards will be presented. Categories for the awards are Newcomer, Caring Collaborator, Pathfinder and Step UP. Winners are determined by a peer review process. SMMC Nursing Administration announces a special recognition this year through extending nursing benefits to include CE Direct and additional financial support to recognize the pursuit and achievement of specialty nursing certification.Jodi Fincher, RN
Jodi Fincher, RN, BSN, CCRN, MBA, FABC, clinical education coordinator Saint John Hospital, Leavenworth, Kan.
Even though Saint John Hospital is a community hospital, its Nurses Week activities have national-level appeal. When planning the week, the Shared Governance Council decided to focus on delivering compassionate nursing care at the bedside. The highlight is a presentation by Tena Barnes Carraher, vice president and co-founder of the DAISY Awards. The award is supported by the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Barnes Carraher is the widow of Patrick Barnes, the individual for whom the DAISY Foundation was established. Her presentation will cover The Power of Gratitude: How the DAISY Foundation Impacts Nurse Recognition, Retention and Research. During Nurses Week, Barnes Carraher will recognize the hospitals first DAISY Award-winning nurse. To honor clinical excellence in nursing, the Florence Nightingale award will be presented at the annual Nurses Week reception. Funded by the hospitals medical staff, the winner of this award has the opportunity to attend a national nursing conference to further professional development. Other activities include the annual Blessing of the Hands by spiritual care staff; and a continuing education program called A Nurse I Am.