Nurses are being celebrated at Mayo Clinic Health System for “Advocating, Leading, Caring,” the theme of National Nurses Week, which began Sunday, May 6.
“Nurses are holistic in their approach,” says Lynn Frank, vice president and chief nursing officer at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. “They are the center for keeping our patients well. … Watching nurses develop as leaders has been very gratifying for me over the years.”
Highlights of the week include:
- Healing hands ceremonies and spiritual healing touch: Chaplains will visit departments throughout the week to offer special blessings to nurses.
- Evidence-based practice presentations: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Luther Building Auditorium, lower level, 1221 Whipple St.
- Recognition: 2 p.m. Thursday, Auditorium. Nurses will be honored in the areas of nursing practice, leadership, research, quality and education.
Patients will get a special glimpse into the world of nurses this week with artwork provided by Child Development Center students at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. The art was made into placemats that will brighten hospital patient food trays in Barron, Bloomer, Eau Claire and Osseo.
The children drew pictures explaining what a nurse does. Their answers show nurses’ varied and important roles:
- “The nurse is checking my ears with an ear thing.”
- “The nurse gives me a shot on the arm and sometimes on the leg.”
- “The nurse is weighing me. After I’m done, she gives me a sticker.”
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