St. Elizabeth celebrates Nurses Week

Staff Report
Charla Johnson, Nursing Community Volunteer of the Year

National Nurses Week is celebrated each year beginning on May 6 and ending on May 12, the birth date of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. St. Elizabeth Hospital joined with nurses throughout the United States in celebrating its nurses and the vital work that they do. The theme of Nurses Week this year was “Culture of Safety – It Starts with You.”

According to St. Elizabeth Hospital Chief Nursing Officer, Yvonne Pellerin, nurses’ week at the hospital is an event for nurses, by nurses.

Each year, St. Elizabeth Hospital sets time apart to recognize the more than 156 nurses who work for our facility, to thank them, and to honor them for a commitment to the calling that is nursing,” Pellerin said. “Much of the activity surrounding nurses’ week is about promoting nursing in the community.”

Activities included acceptance of the Nurse Week Proclamation by Parish President Kenny Matassa at the May 5 Ascension Parish Council Meeting, reading about nursing to kindergarten children at St. Amant Primary School and promoting the nursing profession with eighth graders at St. Amant Middle School.

An annual Nurse Award Ceremony was also held to honor St. Elizabeth’s nurses, and the week culminated with the hospital’s third annual candlelight vigil at which nurses recommitted to their call to nursing through the recitation of the Florence Nightingale Pledge.