The George Washington University Hospital Celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-11

Washington, DC (May 1) – The George Washington University Hospital will honor its nursing staff May 6-11 during National Nurses Week. The week-long celebration will recognize nurses for “Nurse’s Taking Care, A Healthy Way for Nurses to Find Time for Themselves,” the 2013 theme chosen by GW Hospital’s Nurses Week Committee.

Over 800 nurses are employed by GW Hospital, according to Interim Chief Nursing Officer Elizabeth White. This number does not include registered nurses (RNs) or licensed practical nurses (LPNs) employed by the hospital’s physician practices, GW’s nurses work in a variety of areas including Cardiology, Labor and Delivery, Wound Care, Employee Health, Surgical Services, Rehabilitation, Medical/Surgical, Case Management, the Emergency Department, Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, Oncology and can even extend to non-clinical areas of the hospital such as Quality.

“Nurses Week is an opportunity to take a step back and recognize the men and women that make up the nursing staff at GW,” said White. “These dedicated professionals do amazing work on a daily basis and it’s important that we honor them for it.”

Several events will be held throughout GW Hospital next week in honor of National Nurses Week, which culminates on Friday, May 10, with the GW Hospital Excellence in Nursing Awards and Reception.

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.

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