WVU Hospitals celebrates Nurses Week

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Hospitals, where more than 1,500 nurses are employed, will celebrate National Nurses Week with a 36-hour celebration May 8 and 9. Nurses will be treated to back and foot massages, a fashion show and a blessing of the hands by a WVUH chaplain.

Events will also include a talk by Dottie Oakes, M.S.N., vice president and chief nurse executive for WVUH, and the announcement of Truly Outstanding Professionals (TOP) awards.

Supported by the American Nurses Association, National Nurses Week starts on May 6 and ends on May 12, which is Florence Nightengale’s birthday.

 “Nurses Week is a time to give thanks, acknowledgement and recognition to our nurses for the job they do every day,” Amy Litwinovich, R.N., WVUH Nurses Week coordinator, said. “Nurses give to so many people – it is one week to honor our nurses for the commitment.”

The theme of this year’s celebration is “The Road to Re-Designation,” which refers to WVUH’s goal of again receiving the Magnet award for excellence in nursing services. WVUH became the first hospital in West Virginia to receive the Magnet designation in 2005.

The Magnet Recognition Program, which began in the 1980s, recognizes healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing philosophy and practice, adherence to national standards for improving patient care, leadership and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity. Applicants undergo a rigorous evaluation that includes extensive interviews and review of nursing services, clinical outcomes and patient care.

For information on nursing at WVUH see http://health.wvu.edu/employment/Nursing/index.aspx.



For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 04-28-09

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