May 8, 2007 > Washington Hospital Celebrates National Nurses Week 2007
Washington Hospital Celebrates National Nurses Week 2007
Nursing Professionals Go to the Heart of Patient Care
During National Nurses Week, celebrated annually May 6-12, Washington Hospital recognizes the tremendous contributions its nurses make to quality health care each day.
The 665 registered nurses at Washington Hospital Healthcare System are the top in their field, providing each patient with highly skilled nursing care combined with an attentive and compassionate attitude. These men and women serve as the backbone for the care patients receive at the hospital.
"Nurses are a critical element of the hospital because patients come to the hospital for nursing care that cannot be provided in another setting," says Rosa Romero, Chief of Patient Care Services at Washington Hospital. "The nurse is responsible for coordinating the care and works closely with support departments and physicians to make sure each patient's needs are met."
Every day the physicians who treat patients at Washington Hospital rely on the nurses' sound judgment and skilled care. Notably, Washington Hospital has an impressive ratio of registered nurses to patients, part of the reason it continues to attract the most highly qualified nursing professionals.
According to Romero, there is a direct correlation between improved patient outcomes and the number of licensed registered nurses caring for the patients in a hospital, and Washington Hospital's strict staffing ratios assure a minimum number of licensed nurses. Notably, Washington Hospital supported a higher registered nurse to patient ratio well before the staffing ratios came into effect.
"Physicians at Washington Hospital acknowledge that nurses are their ears and eyes when they are away from the hospital and they truly appreciate the critical role our nurses play," says Romero.
The theme of this year's observance - Nursing: A Profession and a Passion - goes to the heart of what Washington's nurses bring to their hospital, patients and communities each day. These professionals touch almost every aspect of patient care, bringing passion and professionalism to each undertaking.
Each year Washington Hospital makes it a priority to recognize the men and women that care for patients everyday and are a vital piece of the organization's patient care team.
"Nurses need to be recognized for their contributions and daily commitment to providing quality care to their patients," Romero says. "They support the hospital's Patient First Ethic and are critical to the function of the organization."
From staff nurse to nurse educator and nurse practitioner to clinical nurse specialist, the nurses at Washington play many diverse and essential roles throughout the health care system. They can be found at patients' bedsides or giving a presentation for Washington's new Stroke Education Series. They work to increase public awareness of diabetes through the hospital's new Diabetes Matters series, and they also volunteer their personal time to improve the community. They do these things because they care.
Their dedication to the "Patient First Ethic" means that any decision a nurse at Washington Hospital makes or action he or she takes stems from what is in the best interest of the patient.
A rewarding career
For those interested in a career in nursing, this is a great time to join the profession, according to Romero. Rewarding job opportunities and room for advancement are expected to continue to increase significantly in coming years.
Benefits of a career in nursing, Romero adds, include flexibility in hours, shifts and location of employment, as well as the opportunity to work in a wide range of roles.
Nursing is both a challenging and rewarding profession. Successful candidates should possess a number of strengths, including critical thinking skills, effective time management and delegation skills to equip them to cope with shorter lengths of hospital stays and the complexity of care, according to Romero. The abilities to prioritize, multitask and effectively manage their resources are key elements to success.
To search for nursing careers available at your local community hospital, visit Washington Hospital's Web site at www.whhs.com and click on "Careers."