The halls of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles were buzzing with talk of history, tradition and nursing heritage, as the facility celebrated National Nurses Week.
History of healing
To emphasize the history of nursing, CNO Kathy Wojno, RN, MSN, made rounds in her original white nursing uniform that included a cap, white support hose and white nursing shoes.
As she visited all the nursing units, Wojno was received by nurses, physicians, patients and visitors with either laughter, appreciation for the look from the past or inquiries about when nursing staff would go back to this crisp and refreshing look.
Wojno said wearing a traditional nursing uniform created the buzz for the The History of Nursing events that were to come.From left, Sunisa Namasondhi, RN, clinical nurse director, acute rehabilitation and Asian Pavilion; CNO Kathy Wojno, RN; Ovsan Kuyumjian, RN, director, nursing operations; Susan Bowden, RN, clinical nurse director emergency services; and Abbie Stickley, RN, clinical nurse director, DOU/telemetry.
Because the facility is close to the movie industry, she said, costumes rented to depict Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton, Dorothea Dix and a World War II nurse formed the center of the celebration.
The other nurse leaders joined Wojno by wearing their first RN uniforms. The nurse leaders rounded on the units and discussed the history of nursing and distributed a quiz for a raffle about the famous nurses depicted.
Making an impact
The enthusiasm of the nursing staff was tremendous, Wojno said. The physicians, patients and visitors were also very pleased with the focus of the celebration.From left, Abbie Stickley, RN, clinical nurse director, DOU/telemetry; Susan Bowden, RN, clinical nurse director emergency services; Julieta Padilla, director, case management/social services; Ovsan Kuyumjian, RN, director, nursing operations; and CNO Kathy Wojno, RN.
I knew we had made a huge impact, Wojno said. A few of our nursing units gathered after their shift and made very professional nursing caps and wore them for the remainder of the week.
Perhaps the most compelling impact of wearing the traditional white uniform was a reaction from a very memorable patient, Wojno said.
While rounding, I visited many patients. When I came upon a patient in her room in our Medical Surgical Unit, she looked very glum. When she saw me in my nursing uniform, she smiled from ear to ear and complimented me on my white dress uniform and cap. I was very pleased to have made her day.