Recognizing National Nurses Week

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By Jane James, MS, FNP, Director of Admissions

National Nurses Week recognizes nurses nationally for their contributions during the week of May 6 through the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale on May 12.
 
At Niagara Hospice, we celebrate our dedicated, compassionate team of nurses who all have unique roles and carry out different functions. We have our admission nurses who have the special job of initiating hospice and meeting the patient for the first time. Our home care team provides and coordinates care to our patients in their home and are available 24/7 by phone and in person.

We have a wonderful team of Hospice House nurses who provide great care to our patients and are highly skilled in symptom management. Our nurses make patients and families comfortable at the most difficult time in their lives.

Some nurses are certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses, and one of our nurses recently earned a national dementia care certification, which has equipped our dementia care team with more extensive knowledge about the unique care needs of patients living with dementia.  

The need for nurses is expected to grow as the U.S. is projected to experience a shortage due to an aging baby boomer population and people living longer with chronic diseases. The nursing profession is vital to the future of health care. Recognizing Nurse’s Week and showing appreciation will strengthen nurses' commitment to their professions as well as encourage others to join this rewarding career.

It takes a special kind of person to be a hospice nurse. It is much more than a job, it is a true passion and a calling for professionals wishing to provide more one-on-one care to their patients, and to get to really know their patients and their family members.

Thank you to all nurses for choosing a profession that is committed to providing selfless service to others.

 

 

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