National Nurses Week 2017: The Balance of Mine, Body, and Spirit

Nurses week 2017Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s 3.1 million nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. The American Nursing Association has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse.”

Join us during National Nurses Week, May 6–12, as we celebrate our nurses who lead the charge for health and wellness every day at Speare Memorial Hospital.


Celebrating the Nurses at Speare Memorial Hospital

Speare Memorial Hospital joins the nation this National Nurses Week to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of our nurses. The theme for the 2016 National Nurses week is Culture of Safety: It Starts With YOU. Nursing is a very technical field, from new treatments and medical technologies to new protocols and procedures, nurses are always learning new things. We trust nurses to stay calm during chaos and to make split-second decisions that help save lives. On behalf of all those you have touched with your knowledge, compassion and caring, thank you for everything that you do.

Nurses Week Group Photo 2016 Culture Of Safety

National Nurses Week Celebrates Ethical Practice – Quality Care


national nurses weekNational Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This week celebrates the vital role nurses play in delivering safe, quality patient care. The theme for this year’s event, chosen by the American Nurses Association, is ‘Ethical Practice. Quality Care’ and recognizes the importance of ethics in nursing and acknowledges the strong commitment, compassion and care nurses display in their practice and profession.

As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week each year. The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896.

Nursing is a very technical field and nurses are always learning new things – from new treatments and medical technologies to new protocols and procedures.We trust nurses to stay calm during chaos, to make split-second decisions that help save lives.

Nursing can also very a very emotional job. They very often get to know their patients and their loved ones very well. Nursing care requires empathy, understanding and feeling another’s pain. Nurses instinctively know that their behavior and demeanor can help patients feel better, and instill hope.

This National Nurses Week, take time to thank and appreciate the nurses you know who do so much for so many.

Florence Nightingale Pledge

This modified “Hippocratic Oath” was composed in 1893 by Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses, Detroit, Michigan. It was called the Florence Nightingale Pledge as a token of esteem for the founder of modern nursing.

I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.