Celebrate nursing this week

In over 30 years of nursing, I’ve been through it all. Like most career nurses, I’ve seen unthinkable trauma, medical innovation and miraculous recovery. I’ve gotten close with patients and families and felt their joys and their sorrows. But beyond the bedside, in my career in nursing administration, I’ve also had the privilege of watching this profession grow and flourish. As we celebrate National Nurses Week May 6-12, I am so proud of where the next generation is headed, and how Greenville Health System is helping shape the profession.

And it is indeed a profession. A career, not just a job. We provide care from the moment a patient walks in the door to the moment they leave, but we are also now growing the body of knowledge that informs best practices through nursing research. We’re encouraging nurses to investigate complex medical issues that will ultimately lead to better clinical outcomes for patients. We’re enhancing and encouraging nursing education at all levels, so that both newly graduating nurses and experienced nurses have more career options than ever before. And while we are still a voice at the bedside, we are also a voice at the decision table. We guide our system through nursing leadership at every level, from executives to peer leaders who encourage excellence in daily work.

The culmination of this work is reflected in designations like Magnet recognition, which Greenville Memorial Hospital received in March of this year and Greer Memorial Hospital earned in 2016. We have additional hospitals on the path to this highest honor. But designations like Magnet are only the beginning of our journey to maintain nursing excellence throughout our organization. We will continue to embrace the components of the Magnet Model every day and with every patient.

The GHS nurses remind me every day why I chose nursing as my profession, and how fortunate I am to serve as a nurse leader in this organization. This week, take the time to thank a nurse for their incredible work ethic and their passion for our patients. From the bottom of my heart, I wish each nurse a happy National Nurses Week, and thank you for your dedication to our profession.

Lori Knarr-Stanley, DNP,RN,NEA-BC, is the Chief Nursing Officer at Greenville Memorial Hospital/Central Region and Vice Chair of Nursing Academics for Greenville Health System.

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