Posted: Thursday, May 05, 2011
"Nurses Trusted to Care" is this year's theme as hospitals and health care facilities recognize nurses across the nation for their hard work and dedication during National Nurses Week. "National Nurses Week" began with "National Nurses Day" on Friday, May 6 and ends on Thursday, May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday (May 12, 1820 - August 13, 1910).
“Modern nurses of today are both men and women of different ethnic groups and portray courage, hope, service and are committed to making a difference in the lives of others,” Mary Bittner, R.N., Barton Chief Nursing Officer said. “Nurses are by the patient’s bedside most of the time and the patient relies on them [nurses] to be their advocate, caretaker, and sometimes even their confidant.”
Barton Health would like to recognize the 150 nurses who devote their time to various areas throughout the health care system. These nurses serve Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and beyond in areas of emergency and urgent care, ski clinics, family practice, internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, medical imaging, rehabilitation, sports medicine and other medical services to name a few.
“A lot of our nurses have continued their education to better serve the patients of our community,” she said.
“We have nurses who pride themselves on being professional practitioners and are proud to be here at Barton and care about giving back to our community.”