"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

You've Come a Long Way Since Florence Nightingale

Happy Nurses Week to all the nurses throughout WMHS who serve our patients with exceptional care and compassion each and every day.  At WMHS, we are blessed to have a wonderful nursing staff led by an exceptional individual, Nancy Adams, who epitomizes what is to be a caring, competent, experienced professional every hour of every day. 

The role of the nurse continues to change year after year as we change how we deliver health care in this era of reform.  The patients are changing as well.  The very great majority continues to be grateful for the care and compassion that they receive as a patient--on an acute care unit, in an outpatient setting, in the Operating Room, in a physician's office, at home through Home Care, in our Emergency Department, by the Care Management team, though Nursing Leadership and the list goes on. 

Our nurses have to endure so much more from an increasing number of patients—those come to the ED intoxicated or in a drug-induced state, ones who are threatening or violent, or simply those who are ungrateful no matter what you do for them.  Fortunately, that last group of challenging individuals is a small percentage of the patients and families that our staff faces. 

We are blessed to have so many wonderful employees at WMHS who complement such a caring and skilled component of our workforce.   Please join me this week in honoring and celebrating all of our nurses at WMHS for the extremely challenging job that they do each day with always with the utmost care and compassion.

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