National Nurses Day May 6th

May 6 is National Nurses Day, the kick off to a week-long recognition of nurses nationwide. In fact, nurses are recognized worldwide on International Nurses Day, which falls on May 12th of each year.

My mother is 87 years old, so I’ve had plenty of opportunity to see how tirelessly these caregivers work! Sometimes they help to give crucial life and death care. Sometimes they offer solace and comfort in a kind word, a touch, a cup of tea.

We have plenty to celebrate in Syracuse. In addition to all the nurses in area physician’s offices, we have a strong health network in the 5 hospitals covering Syracuse and Central New York: Crouse Hospital, the Veterans Hospital University Hospital St. Joseph Hospital and Upstate University Hospital at Community General.

I think we take it for granted that we have such choices. Although my mother- and father-in-law lived in a fair sized town of over 120,000, there were times they would have to drive over an hour to Nashville in order to get the specialist care they needed. Not so in Syracuse.

The mother of our teammate had open heart surgery earlier in the year, and more recently suffered a stroke while out of town.  Being hospitalized away from home, family and friends–cut off from critical support systems–can make a stressful situation even harder.

The nurses helped make Danielle and her family as comfortable as possible. They gave her the use of the spare bed, allowing her to stay with her mom during those critical days.
The good news is her mother is now home and on the road to a full recovery.

Caring and well-trained nurses can make all the difference in a stress-filled hospital stay for patient and family members alike.

So this week during National Nurses Day send a note or drop a token of thanks to your favorite nurse.  

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