It's National Nurses Week!
National Nurses Week is a time for everyone – individuals, employers, health care professionals, community leaders, and nurses – to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses. Each year, the celebration ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday
The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896. Each of ANA's state and territorial nurses associations promotes the nursing profession at the state and regional levels. Each conducts celebrations on these dates to recognize the contributions that nurses and nursing make to the community.
At Buckeye Hills, our staff of nearly a third of our employees - 20 of 62 - are registered nurses and work in a variety of capacities to serve our region. From Assessors to Care Management Coordinators to Clinical Team Leaders and more, having RNs on our team truly makes a difference in the level of care we provide residents in our region.
“Having RNs on our team is such a gift,” shared Carolyn Ditchendorf, Care Access Manager. “They bring a solid medical background to the individuals we serve and are a wonderful resource for our staff- I can’t imagine doing this type of work without RNs as part of the team!” she continued.
Registered Nurses in the U.S. constitute our nation’s largest health care profession, and the depth and breadth of the registered nurse profession meet the different and emerging health care needs of our population in southeast Ohio.
“Our nurses enhance our clinical teams with their nursing and clinical knowledge. It’s so nice for our region’s seniors that the nurses can go to into their homes to assess and arrange services. Our RNs make strong advocates for quality in-home care for our consumers,” shared Cathy Ash, Program Manager.
The American Nurses Association, as the voice for registered nurses in the U.S., is working to chart a new course for a healthy nation that relies on increasing delivery of primary and preventative health care. A renewed emphases on primary and preventative health care will require better utilization of our nation’s resources.
“Buckeye Hills is assembling a menu of health and wellness-focused programming and coordinating with Care Managers and Care Coordinators, so that they can make referrals to the workshops that are being provided through the Lifestyle Change Network through our eight counties,” shared Mindy Cayton, Program Development Coordinator.
“If people are struggling to meet their every day needs, they cannot focus on their overall health and wellness. Our staff RN’s do an amazing job connecting our seniors to the resources they need that both provide care for their daily needs but also support healthier lifestyles,” shared Cayton.
This week we celebrate the 20 RNs on the Buckeye Hills team! Follow along on Facebook for more excitement and share with us as we say thank you not only to our RNs, but to RNs across our region.