Tonia Carroll, RN, BSN, WCC

executive director, Golden LivingCenter – Independence

To the editor:

National Nurses Week is held every year beginning on May 6, with National RN Recognition Day, and ending on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who founded nursing as a modern profession. The purpose is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and to help educate the public about the vital roles registered nurses play in meeting the health-care needs of patients.

I would like to take the opportunity to honor the many talented and compassionate nurses who serve the patients and residents of Golden LivingCenter in Independence. Many of our residents consider the nursing staff to be part of their family. Nurses are the people who take care of our patients’ daily needs, listen when times are hard and provide a lasting friendship.

Nurses have a gift of combining science with heart. Our nurses, and nurses throughout our community, make a difference every day, not only through the medical care they provide, but also through the hands they hold and hugs they give. Nurses touch more than the lives of their patients – providing comfort, peace, and confidence through tough and good times.

At Golden LivingCenter we are truly appreciative of our nurses’ uncompromising commitment to provide quality care for our patients, their families and our staff.

Please join me in recognizing and thanking our community’s nurses for all that they do by sharing stories of patients who were helped by special nurses during this special week.