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Published on April 23, 2013

GMH, WCH to observe National Nurses Week with public events 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Georgetown, S.C. — Retired nurses in the community are invited to celebrate National Nurses Week by having tea with the nursing staffs at Georgetown Memorial (GMH) and Waccamaw Community (WCH) hospitals and honor the memory of nurses at a candlelight vigil.

The events, which highlight the accomplishments and dedication of nurses nationwide, get under way May 5 and conclude on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. This year’s theme is Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care. 

GMH is holding its second annual retired nurse tea from 3 – 4 p.m. Monday, May 6, in the private dining room at GMH, complete with china tea cups, silver, cake and biscuits and photos from yesteryear of nurses in starched white dresses and caps.

“We want to extend an invitation to all retired nurses in our community to be part of our celebration to and pay tribute to nurses and the nursing profession,” Karen Hazzard,  MSN, RN, NE-BC, director of nursing operations at GHM, said.

Retired nurses who would like to attend the tea at GMH should email Hazzard at khazzard@geogetownhospitalsystem.org.

The tea at Waccamaw Community Hospital is planned for 1- 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the first-floor classroom and will include the announcement of WCH’s Clinical Nurse of the Year honoree. Retired nurses in the community who plan to attend should email Joann Hashey, Jhashey@georgetownhospitalsystem.org .

The Candlelight Vigil will take place at 8 p.m. Monday, May 6, in front of WCH and will honor the memory of nurses in the profession and include a Blessing of the Hands.

“Nurses are among the most trusted professionals in the United States,” Ann Waters, MS, MSN, RN, GMH vice president of operations and GMH administrator, said. “Every single day our nurses at Georgetown Memorial Hospital work to keep that trust while caring for our patients. This special week is our way of honoring them, celebrating their achievements and showing our appreciation for everything that they do every single day.”

“How appropriate that this year’s theme is Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care,” Pam Maxwell, BSN, RN, vice president of operations and WCH administrator, “Our nurses at Waccamaw Community Hospital exemplify that every day. Although the field of nursing has changed dramatically, our nurses’ commitment to care has never wavered. I am proud to honor them and nursing's centuries-long tradition of caring for the sick and the vulnerable." 

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