With the theme of Excellence in Motion, Passion in Action, nurses at JFK Medical Center in Edison, N.J., celebrated National Nurses Week May 6 with an afternoon of All About Me, a time of relaxation and recognition.
We have a single focus, and that is to do what is best for our patients. Over the years what hasnt changed and will never change is our confidence, competence and care for our patients and their families, said Ann Logan, APRN, BC, CNAA, PhD, senior vice president and CNE. I am humbled and honored to be here as your leader, and you are my heroes.Donna Majewski, RN, nurse manager, orthopedics, right, congratulates Ann Logan, RN, senior vice president and CNE, for her hard work and dedication to nursing staff at JFK Medical Center.
Logan announced Monica Ramirez, RN, staff nurse on med/surg/respiratory, as the 2011 winner of the Nurses Week essay contest, recognizing her as a trusted preceptor and mentor. Her clinical practice, dedication to nursing and strong sense of teamwork is an example to those around her, Logan said.
Remembering those nurses who died this past year, Beverly Rolston-Blenman, RN, MA, vice president of patient care services, read the Nightingale Tribute and acknowledged the nurses years of nursing service at JFK Medical Center. It is appropriate that we honor our colleagues, not only during their career, but also at the end of lifes journey, she said.Recognizing the professions history as part of the celebrations are, from left, Sally Leeds, RN, nurse manager, oncology, and co-chairwoman of Nurses Week activities; Michelle Siegel, RN, nurse manager, neuro; Sharon Heyer, RN, nursing informatics coordinator; and Judy McNulty, RN, clinical director, ED.
Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-19), hospital administrators, congressmen and local dignitaries attended the event and recognized the nurses excellence in patient care and commitment to the profession. Although we are making strides in getting healthcare accessible for everyone in our state, we still have much work to do. For example, we are meeting with some resistance as we advance scope of practice for APNs, Vitale said.
As part of the days activities, jewelry, clothing and beauty vendors were present, as well as two Reiki therapists and a massage therapist. RNs participated in a nurse manager baby photo and raffle contest, and refreshments and food were served.Beverley Rolston-Blenman RN, vice president, patient care services, left, and Laura Mularz, RN, director, education and organizational development, display a historical nursing uniform.
Throughout the week, nurses at JFK also attended a luncheon and educational fair; a presentation and book signing by Cassie Chandler, RN, financial strategist; and a show your colors day, in which RNs wore their nursing school caps and pins. In support of Excellence in Motion, Passion in Action, nurses displayed their ongoing evidence-based practice projects and unit-based activities during the week.
Editors note: For a photo gallery of the Nurses Week event, visit www.Nurse.com/gallery/JFK.