“I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.” — Florence Nightingale
Hanging an IV for nutritional support. Holding a hand for constant reassurance. Hailing a team to collectively save a life.
The role of a nurse in today’s society is just as vital as breathing itself and shouldn’t be taken lightly. With May 6-12 being National Nurses Week, it is with great pride that Capital Senior Living communities across the country honor and celebrate these modern-day heroes through words AND actions. It is apropos that the week ends on the birthday of Nightingale, considered the founder of modern nursing. It was because of her diligence as “the lady with the lamp” that today’s nurses take a pledge to devote their lives to service and “the high ideals of the nursing profession” while committing “to do all in my power to raise the standards and prestige of the practical nursing.”
Residents and their loved ones have come to know and trust the licensed nurses that are in many of our communities. Whether providing medication administration or medication management around a particular condition or conducting personal care assessments and tailoring care plans to individual needs, these courteous professionals in our communities deliver the quality of care our seniors desire and deserve.
National Nurses Week was first observed in October 1954, the anniversary of Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. The date was moved to May in 1982 to coincide with her birthday. According to the American Nurses Association, this year’s theme is “Ethical Practice. Quality Care.” to recognize the importance of ethics in nursing, also a part of the statement nurses recite at pinning ceremonies: “I will not reveal any confidential information that may come to my knowledge in the course of my work.”
What can you, as a resident in one of our communities, do to show your appreciation for nurses? Start with a simple “thank you” or “I appreciate your hard work and dedication to my health” statement said with heart-felt sincerity. Many RNs, nurse practitioners and medics receive flowers or special treats from the patients they are taking care of or from the family and friends of Capital Senior Living residents who know their loved ones are in good hands. A round of applause during group activities can go a long way in making a nurse feel highly valued in the community. Some special activities also might be planned in a community, so be sure to check the area where your calendar is posted to make sure you get in on the celebration. Or, visit your community’s website and click on the “Community Life” tab for more information.
Some nurses use the special week to reignite their passion by attending special seminars or plugging into free webinars that offer advice and knowledge about the latest and greatest practices. It is that dedication that shines through in the magnificent work they do day in and day out.
Just as nurses, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at our Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care communities provide a helping hand for residents who may appreciate assistance with activities of daily living. You can rest assured that our Capital Senior Living communities provide the quality care that will allow residents to remain as self-reliant as possible while living in a supportive environment.
Nightingale attributed her success to never giving or taking an excuse. Let us not find excuses to pay tribute and celebrate the nurses who are vital to our lives here at Capital Senior Living.
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