Staff, sisters celebrate National Nursing Week

May 12, 2010 by

The nursing staff joined the Sisters of St. Joseph for pizza Tuesday evening, to celebrate National Nursing Week and to thank staff members for the work they do all year.

Director of Nursing Alfreda Maley served as emcee. She said that this year’s Nursing Week theme — “Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow” — is particularly apt for the staff at the Motherhouse. “We want to help every sister have a healthier tomorrow,” she said.

She also noted that the week of recognition begins on May 6, National Nurses Day, and continues through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the 19th century English woman who is considered the founder of modern nursing.

Each year the Motherhouse celebrates National Nursing Week with a recognition ceremony, but this was the first time it included a pizza party. Staff members were recognized for their service, and then the presented flowers to those sisters who have served in nursing fields as well as the congregation’s Leadership Council.

At the end of the simple ceremony, Sister Beth Stover — a former hospital administrator — led the sisters in a song of blessing for Alfreda Maley.

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