Penn Highlands Brookville to Honor Its Nurses

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — Penn Highlands Brookville is joining the American Nurses Association in honoring nursing contribution to safety and collaboration in healthcare, as part of National Nurses Week.

Brookville Mayor Richard Beck was at Penn Highlands Brookville last week to help kick off National Nurses Week. In the front row is Alene Joiner (Surgical Services Supervisor). Back row, from left are Beth Keth (Performance Improvement Manager), Leah Mannerino (Senior Transitions Unit Supervisor), Julianne Peer (president of PHBrookville), Richard Beck (Brookville Mayor), Debra Thomas (chief nursing officer) and Kristi Powell (Medical/Surgical Unit Supervisor).

Brookville Mayor Richard Beck was at Penn Highlands Brookville last week to help kick off National Nurses Week. In the front row is Alene Joiner (Surgical Services Supervisor). Back row, from left are Beth Keth (Performance Improvement Manager), Leah Mannerino (Senior Transitions Unit Supervisor), Julianne Peer (president of PHBrookville), Richard Beck (Brookville Mayor), Debra Thomas (chief nursing officer) and Kristi Powell (Medical/Surgical Unit Supervisor).

NNW is held annually from May 6-12 with the purpose of the week-long celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the health care needs of the American people.

In honor of the dedication, commitment, and tireless effort of the nearly 3.1 million registered nurses nationwide to promote and maintain the health of this nation, the ANA and Penn Highlands Brookville are proud to recognize registered nurses everywhere for the quality work they provide seven days a week, 365 days a year.

“Each year health care facilities and communities recognize their nurses during the week of May 6-12. Patients often recognize nurses for their caring and compassion,” Debra Thomas, Penn Highlands Brookville Director of Nursing/Patient Care Services, said. “What they may not realize is that nurses are warriors for safety. When patients are weak from illness or injury, they cannot look out for their own safety. That is one of the primary roles of a nurse.

“There are many other ways strive for a culture of safety, including making sure a patient gets the precise dose of the correct medication at the right time, altering the accommodations of a patient who may be pre-disposed to falling, protecting the patient’s airway and sterile field during surgery, educating patients on healthier lifestyles and communicating well with everyone on the patient’s care team.”

Penn Highlands Brookville will have its annual “Years of Service” tea Wednesday afternoon at the hospital. During that event, Thomas will announce this year’s recipients of the “Above and Beyond” Nursing Awards.

This week also marks National Hospital Week and all of Penn Highlands Healthcare staff will be treated to a free picnic. At Penn Highlands Brookville, the picnic will be held Thursday. Other fun activities throughout the week include free massages and free ice cream.

Annually, National Nurses Week which began Friday, May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends Thursday, May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.

ANA, through its state and constituent member associations, advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting economic and general welfare, promoting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and lobbying Congress and the regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, who comprise 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 the expanding health care needs of American society.


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