SEARHC honors nurses during National Nurses Week

May 01 2011

For their ability to save lives and maintain the health of their patients, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is pleased to honor the work of its nurses during National Nurses Week in May. National Nurses Week is an annual event celebrated throughout the U.S. The annual event usually starts on May 6, National Nurses Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. SEARHC nurses extended their celebration to include Friday, May 13. This year’s theme, selected by the American Nurses Association, is “Nurses: Trusted to Care.” SEARHC employs more than 120 registered nurses (RN), licensed practical nurses (LPN) and family nurse practitioners (FNP). These nurses provide exceptional care to all of the Native and non-Native patients who come to SEARHC facilities throughout Southeast Alaska. More than 60 nurses are employed at S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, with the rest working at the Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau and most of SEARHC’s village clinics. SEARHC nurses provide a variety of services. At S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, they work in the emergency department, critical care, acute medical services, perioperative/operating room, outpatient department and obstetrical/surgical services. At all SEARHC clinics, nurses assist doctors during routine patient visits, see patients themselves (FNPs), work as case managers to help patients with specific needs manage their care and assist patients as they navigate the health care system. Flight nurses help the SEARHC Air Medical Services program transport patients from the villages to S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital during medevac flights. “This year’s National Nurses Week theme is ‘Nurses: Trusted to Care,’” SEARHC S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Administrator Norma J. Perkins said. “I believe in our nurses. I see their integrity, quality, passion and compassion in what they do daily in our workplace. In their profession and in their hearts lies a strong commitment to our patients’ care and safety. Although it is National Nurses Week, I want to acknowledge our other nursing staff who are part of the nursing team of providing good, quality care — certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and ward clerks.” Please join us in recognizing the nurses at SEARHC and thank a nurse for his or her dedication by letting them know “Nurses Rock.”