May 7, 2008 > Celebrating a Profession Where Every Moment Counts
Celebrating a Profession Where Every Moment Counts
Washington Hospital Nurses Recognized During Nurses Week 2008
Each day at Washington Hospital, nursing professionals pride themselves on the excellent quality of care they provide to their patients. That's why each year during National Nurses Week Washington Hospital makes it a priority to recognize their contributions.
Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, designated as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.
The theme of this year's observance - Nurses: Making a Difference Every Day - underscores the critical contributions that nurses at Washington Hospital make in patients' lives, not just once a day or once a week, but in every action they take.
As Washington Hospital celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, it recognizes the enormous contribution of its nurses in helping to keep the community healthy for the past half century.
When caring counts
The nurses of Washington Hospital don't just care for patients in the hospital - many of them are caring for neighbors, friends and the people that come together to make up Washington Township Health Care District, which was formed in 1948, 10 years before the hospital even opened its doors.
Today, the 663 registered nurses at Washington Hospital Healthcare System continue to bring skill, compassion and an enduring commitment to caring. And it is this skill and commitment that the physicians who treat their patients at Washington Hospital rely upon each day.
In many ways, nursing care is the reason why hospitals exist. Doctors care for their most vulnerable patients in the hospital because nursing professionals are there around the clock to provide high quality care that can't be found outside the hospital setting.
A diverse workforce
Washington Hospital's nurses don't just provide excellent care on the nursing units. Throughout the health care system, they provide their clinical expertise to a number of different programs.
From staff nurse to nurse educator and nurse practitioner to clinical nurse specialist, the nurses at Washington play many diverse and essential roles throughout the health care system.
Notably, nurses play an integral role in Diabetes Services, the hospital's Stroke Education Series, the Washington Women's Center and Outpatient Wound Care Clinic, among many other programs.
Paying tribute to nursing professionals
During National Nurses Week, Washington Hospital pays tribute to the men and women that care for patients everyday and are a vital piece of the organization's patient care team. Washington Hospital's leadership believes that by supporting today's and tomorrow's nursing professionals, the hospital will be able to continue serving the community's residents well into the future.
A profession in demand
For individuals interested in pursuing a career in nursing, now is an excellent time to join the profession. According to projections released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RNs top the list of the 10 occupations with the largest projected job growth in the years 2002 through 2012.
Additionally, more than 2.9 million RNs will be employed in the year 2012, up 623,000 from the nearly 2.3 million RNs employed in 2002. However, the total job openings, which include both job growth and the net replacement of nurses, will be more than 1.1 million.
This growth, coupled with current trends of nurses retiring or leaving the profession and fewer new nurses, could lead to a shortage of more than one million nurses by the end of this decade.
For those that love helping others, benefits of a career in nursing include flexibility in hours, shifts and location of employment, as well as the opportunity to work in a wide range of roles.
To learn more about the profession, visit the American Nurses Association's Web site at http://nursingworld.org/.
Find a job!
To search for nursing careers available at your local community hospital, visit Washington Hospital's Web site at www.whhs.com and click on "Careers."