St. Vincent Clay Hospital will celebrate National Nurses Week beginning Tuesday.
The work of America's nurses while saving lives and maintaining the health of millions of individuals is the focus of this year's National Nurses Week.
This year, the American Nurses Association has selected "Nurses: Making a Difference Every Day" as the theme for 2008.
Annually, National Nurses Week begins May 6 and concludes May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. During this week, nurses at St. Vincent Clay Hospital will be honored with a luncheon Tuesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the hospital. In celebration and recognition of the hospital's 80th anniversary, all previous and retired nurses from the hospital are invited to attend. Call 442-2740 for more information.
Joining the celebration will be local storyteller Vanita Moore, who will be sharing nursing history and memorabilia, as well as stories for the past. Moore is a member of the National Storytelling Network, the Healing Story Alliance and the National Organization of Biblical Storytellers.
In addition, there will be a nursing recognition dinner in Indianapolis Thursday. Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which nurses, the largest health care profession are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting and expanding health care needs of society.