Nurses reaching new heights

National Nurses’ Week is celebrated each year on May 6 and ends May 12, on Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nurses’ Week brings public awareness to the nursing profession and allows us time to reflect on the remarkable work of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurses. Each and every day our nurses make a difference in the lives of children and families. I thank our nurses for their compassion, professionalism and commitment to providing the best and safest care on behalf of the patients and families we serve.

This year’s theme for Nurses’ Week is “Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Nurses: Reaching New Heights,” a theme that could not be more fitting given the many accomplishments of our nurses. Already in 2009, we have so much to be proud of. In February, Parents magazine rated Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin third in the nation in its Best Children’s Hospitals survey. In addition, we earned Top-10 ratings in five specialty areas: emergency medicine, No. 2; neonatology, No. 5; pulmonary medicine, No. 7; heart care, No. 9; and cancer care, No. 10. It is the special knowledge base that pediatric nurses have that contributed to our high rating in these categories.

In March, we received notice of Magnet redesignation from the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center. Only two percent of the nation’s hospitals receive Magnet redesignation, and we earned it again because of our nurses and the many other disciplines. Children’s Hospital nurses demonstrate excellence in so many ways – their passion for caring for children and families is what makes us Magnet caliber. While nursing is one of the most respected professions, it also is one of the most challenging.

As if these accolades weren’t enough, we also opened our new west tower. Your involvement in the planning process was invaluable and resulted in a successful employee transition as well as a physical space that is conducive to the needs of patients, their families and the health care team. We now have 100 percent private rooms, a welcome feature for all. It is not the awards and the beautiful new building that make Children’s Hospital great. It is the things our nurses do every day – comforting a sick child, making a visitor feel welcome – that make a difference in the lives of those we care for. During Nurses’ Week and all year long, I welcome you to celebrate our achievements as we continue to reach new heights together.

Note: we are pleased to be featured as a Nightingale Partner on the Advance for Nurses Web site. If you have a chance, you can listen to the podcast.

Nancy Korom, MSN, RN, NEA-BC- Nancy Korom, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is designated a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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