SwedishAmerican Celebrates National Nurses Week, May 6 – 11

When you walk into a hospital or doctor’s office, one of the first people you come in contact with is a nurse. SwedishAmerican has nearly 900 nurses on staff and is celebrating all of them during National Nurses Week, May 6 – 11, a week dedicated to recognizing the valuable role nurses play in healthcare.

Starting Monday, May 7, the nursing team will kick-off a donation drive that will benefit the Rockford Rescue Mission. Nurses will be asked to bring in items each day during the week:

• Monday – Hygiene products, q-tips, Vaseline, chap stick, multi-vitamins and more
• Tuesday – Scrubs for both men and women
• Wednesday – Non-perishable food items
• Thursday – School supplies for young children

On, Friday, May 11 at 3 PM, nurses will deliver the donated items to the Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W. State Street, Rockford.

On Wednesday, May 9 at 9 AM the DAISY of the Year celebration will be held in the Heart Hospital lobby. Throughout the year patients, families, department managers, employees and physicians may nominate a deserving nurse at SwedishAmerican who displayed compassionate care, skilled/clinical competence and role modeling. The DAISY award committee selects a winner each month and they are awarded with a certificate, award lapel pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch.” On Wednesday, the hospital will award one of the 12 DAISY award winners with the prestigious DAISY of the Year award.

On Thursday, May 10 at 8 AM in the Heart Hospital lobby the Preceptor of the Year award ceremony will take place. A Preceptor is an expert who serves as a role model, socializer, communicator and educator for all. In addition, a Preceptor takes the time to teach, guide and mentor others. Two awards will be given, one to a Registered Nurse (RN) and one to a patient care technician (PCT).

 “I am very proud of our nurses here at Swedes. Every day they go above and beyond the call of duty to care for the sick, the wounded, the newly born, the dying and those who are recovering,” said SwedishAmerican VP and Chief Nursing Officer Ann Gantzer. “These nurses work long hours to care for our patients and I want to thank each and every one of them for their dedication to SwedishAmerican.”