Nurses are changing lives every day

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We all know a nurse, whether someone in our family, a friend or a friend’s friend. As we celebrate Nurse’s Week, this year’s theme, “Four million reasons to celebrate,” represents our numbers. Four million strong, but still not enough to take care of our aging population.

It is projected by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics that we will have a deficit of 250,000 nurses. That’s a big number.

What makes a good nurse? It is more than education and certifications. It is our commitment to our patients, it is our heart. They truly make a difference to our lives. When your child or your family member is sick, who do we call first? It’s a nurse. Nurses have the power to change our lives.

True change is powered by our souls and by the inherent human desire to make something better. That’s a nurse.

Nurses see themselves as people who value their patients and families above themselves. We are guided by a collaboration vision and unified voice to always put our patients and families first.

Hospitals practice under caring models, either patient-centered care or relationship-based care. What does this really mean? It is the intersection where nurses connect with others on the healthcare team. The nurse is key in collaborating and connecting with others in the healthcare team to promote coordinated care and service to our patients and families. We are their voices and guide to their treatment plan.

Take a moment to honor a nurse this week. Let them know what worthwhile work they do.

Sallie Piazza is a Fredonia resident.

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