Activities to recognize nurses for commitment to a healthier tomorrow
MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Health System will celebrate Nurses Week from May 3 – 8. This event takes place each year just prior to May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The theme for the week, “Commitment to a Healthier Tomorrow,” reflects all that nurses do to contribute to lifelong health for others.
“This week recognizes nurses for demonstrating their commitment to excellence in clinical care, research and education,” said Mary Morrow, PhD, APN, ACNS, BC, director of Nursing Administration, Loyola University Health System. “Loyola nurses give selflessly throughout the year, and Nurses Week provides us with an opportunity to express our gratitude for this dedication.”
Loyola will honor its nurses with its longstanding tradition of blessing of the hands. A special Mass will be held at noon on Tuesday, May 4, in Loyola University Hospital’s Paul V. Galvin Memorial Chapel. Chaplains will anoint nurses' hands with oil and bless them for continuing to use their hands as instruments of service.
The following activities also will take place during the week:
• Members of Loyola’s senior leadership will round in the units to express their gratitude to nurses.
• Nurses will display art that they have created to represent the profession of nursing.
• A Nursing Excellence Awards Ceremony will honor top Loyola nurses. The event also will recognize nurses who are board certified and those who have achieved clinical ladder levels three and four, demonstrating professional growth and development. This event will take place from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) Tobin Hall. A reception will follow.
• Loyola also will offer a pain resource nurse training course from 7:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. on Friday, May 7, and from 8 a.m. – noon on Saturday, May 8, in SSOM, Leischner Hall, room 390.
• Nurses will have an opportunity to exercise and receive complimentary massages in the Loyola Center for Fitness.
Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus, Loyola University Hospital, is a 569-licensed-bed facility. It houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 264-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.