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Saint Peter’s to celebrate National Nurses Week with special programs and performance awards
Story Number is : 050117108
Saint Peter’s Healthcare System

The annual cupcake challenge is a highlight of Nurses Week at Saint Peter’s.
Saint Peter’s Healthcare System’s hundreds of nurses will celebrate National Nurses Week from Monday, May 1, through Friday, May 5, in grand style by hosting a lunch for all employees and an awards ceremony in the Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center on Wednesday, May 3, in honor of National Nurses Day as part of the weeklong celebration.

National Nurses Week is one of the nation’s premier health care celebrations and one of the largest as well. The week is used to recognize the contributions and commitments nurses make and all they do to educate the public about the significant work they perform.

The nurses at Saint Peter’s, which last spring became only the fifth hospital in the world to be awarded the prestigious Magnet recognition for nursing excellence a fifth straight time, will fulfill the week’s spirit by honoring some of the best in their profession and others who support nursing.

A host of special programs will also be held throughout the week.

Recognition awards to be presented on Nurses Day include: First Year Award (to an outstanding first-year nurse); Community Service Award; Friend of Nursing Award; Lifetime Achievement Award; MVP Award; Nursing Research Award; Partners in Care Award (to a department that supports nursing); Physician Partnership Awards; Team Award, Aspiring Nurse Leader Award; Nurse Mentor Award; Nurse Manager Award, and The Advance Practice Nurse Award.

Additional celebrations will be held throughout the week, including:

Monday, May 1 - Mass at noon; blessing of the hands, Florence Nightingale pledge; Tuesday, May 2 - poster day, cupcake challenge, scholar day; Wednesday, May 3 (Nurses Day) - breakfast/lunch/dinner for staff; fun activities; showcase of 2016 Daisy Award recipients: Thursday, May 4 - boxed lunches sent to off-site locations, essay and poster contest winners announced, art exhibit; Friday May 5 - special treats for nursing units.

Linda Carroll, RN-BC, MSN, chief nursing officer, said: “I couldn’t be more proud of my nurse colleagues. It is my honor and my pleasure to work with them. They are the best in the business.”

Leslie D. Hirsch, interim CEO and president of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, added: “Our nursing staff is one of the finest in the world. They set the standard for care, always keeping patients and families first in their work. National Nurses Week recognizes that excellence.”

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