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St. Mary's Hospital Honors Nurses This National Nurses Week

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This week is National Nurses Week and St. Mary’s Hospital officials want to take this time to thank the more than 330 nurses who dedicate their time to save lives and maintain the health of the community.  The celebratory week runs from May 6 to May 12, commemorating the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing as a modern profession.

Each year, the hospital recognizes its nurses at a Nurses’ Appreciation Dinner, which will be held the last day of National Nurses Week, on May 12.  Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, who make up the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care.

“As a nurse, I know that nurses are not in this profession for any recognition,” said MaryLou Watson, vice president for nursing at St. Mary’s Hospital, “Nurses have a passion for caring both mentally and physically. There are no bonuses when your patient gets better; it is what we do. It is an honor to recognize nurses' efforts and remind them how valued they are and what a difference they make every single day.”

Nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers, said Watson.

“Simply put, National

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