Nurses' Week, which is celebrated May 6-12, marks a special week in which clinical providers are recognized for their knowledge, experience and dedication to patient care. But, the word "nurse" can mean so many different things.
At Jersey Shore Hospital, we could say we have more than 70 nurses, or we could show you the following:
11 licensed practical nurses;
60 registered nurses;
18 nurses with diploma degrees;
28 nurses with associate's degrees;
11 nurses with bachelor's of science degrees in nursing;
Five nurses with other bachelor's degrees;
Two nurses with master's degrees;
48 nurses certified in basic life support;
31 nurses certified in advanced cardiac life support;
27 nurses certified in pediatric advanced life support; and
33 nurses trained in telemetry.
Additionally, many nurses have other certifications to complement their education and training, such as CPR instructor, medical/surgical, wound care, certified paramedics, certified echocardiography stenographers, critical care, certified emergency nurse and hospice nurse.
At Jersey Shore Hospital, the word "nurse" is used often but often underappreciated. One week of celebration is not enough to thank nurses for the countless hours and commitment these men and women provide on a daily basis.
So, we challenge you: Take a moment to thank a nurse today. You'll be glad you did.