McLeod Health Clarendon honors its own for Nursing Week


McLeod Health Clarendon celebrated Nurses Week, May 6-12.

Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America's 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. In recognition of the nurses' ability to influence the profession and all aspects of healthcare, the theme for National Nurses Week is "Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence."

McLeod Health Clarendon nurses were honored with a Nurses Week Luncheon and award recognition gathering. All staff nurses were asked to nominate a fellow nurse that offers above and beyond service and care of all patients, while personifying true faithfulness to their profession. McLeod Health Clarendon awarded Kathleen "Kathy" Keith as Registered Nurse of the Year and Christy Taylor, unit secretary, as Support Person of the Year.

"Nurses and nursing staff are an essential part of the healthcare team, and play a vital role in providing an excellent patient care experience during their hospital visit," Kim Jolly, Chief Nursing Officer of McLeod Health Clarendon, said. "These two women truly exemplify the four core values of McLeod Health. The Value of Caring, the Value of the Person, the Value of Quality, the Value of Integrity and our mission of providing patients with medical excellence in healthcare through the compassionate care they provide to each and every patient being cared for."

Annually, National Nurses Week is held during the week in which the birthday of Florence Nightingale, May 12, founder of nursing as a modern profession, is celebrated.

The American Nurses Association, through its state and constituent member associations, advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting economic and general welfare, promoting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and lobbying Congress and the regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.