National Nurses Week is celebrated each year May 6-12 to raise awareness about the value of nursing and educate the public about the many roles nurses play in meeting the health care needs of our community.

Nursing often is described as an art and a science. We are a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities it offers. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurses work in schools, outpatient surgery centers and clinics, serving in roles like staff nurse, nurse educator, advanced-practice nurse and nurse researcher. We are compassionate, committed professionals providing the best and safest care for the patients and families we serve.

It’s an exciting time to be a nurse at Children’s

Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee is a Magnet™ hospital. The Magnet designation means our hospital has created an environment that supports nursing practice and focuses on professional autonomy, decision making at the bedside, nursing involvement in determining the nursing work environment, professional education, career development and nursing leadership. We also have embarked on the journey to Magnet designation as a system, including our hospital in Neenah, Wis., and our Surgicenter.

I continue to be amazed by the work that Children’s nurses do each and every day—comforting, healing and making children smile. And, I appreciate what all nurses do to make a difference in the lives of patients and families.

I hope you’ll take the time during Nurses’ Week to thank a nurse for the great care he or she provides. I also encourage you to post a comment on this blog and share a positive experience you’ve had with a nurse. Our nurses would love to hear from you!

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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