National Nurses Week Celebrated at McLeod Loris Seacoast


McLeod Loris Seacoast celebrates Nurses Week, May 4th – 8th in appreciation for the nursing teams’ compassion, dedication, and service.

Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. In recognition of the impact ethical nursing practice has on patient outcomes and the quality of care, 2015 is designated as the “Year of Ethics.” Keeping with this focus, the theme for National Nurses Week is “Ethical Practice. Quality Care.”

The McLeod Loris and McLeod Seacoast nursing teams were honored with a Nurses Tea and award recognition gathering. All staff nurses were asked to nominate a fellow nurse that offers above and beyond service and care of all patients, while personifying true faithfulness to their profession. McLeod Loris awarded the following: Belinda Mathews-Nurse of Year,Jennifer Gore-Patient Voice Rookie Award and Laurie Edwards- Patient Voice Award. Nominees honored were: Courtney Bennett, Emilio Penaranda, Kayla Bellamy, and Amanda Thompson. McLeod Seacoast awarded the following: Brandy
Lanier-Nurse of Year, Meagan Barnes- Patient Voice Award and James Parrott – Patient Voice Rookie Award. Nominees honored were: Mary Ann Batton, Stephanie Marcum, Cheryl Dulac, and Penny Eckert.

Annually, National Nurses Week is held during the week in which the birthday of Florence Nightingale, May 12, founder of nursing as a modern profession, is celebrated.

The American Nurses Association, 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.