Canton, Ohio: The work of America’s 3.1 million registered nurses to save lives and maintain the health of millions of individuals is the focus of this year’s annual National Nurses Week, celebrated May 6-12 throughout the United States. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected "Nurses: Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow” as the theme for 2010.
Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. During this week, Mercy Medical Center will be holding many activities and educational programs for ALL area nurses. In addition to its annual Nurse Excellence Awards and Luncheon on May 6, Mercy nurses will be treated to an ice cream social on May 12 to benefit Shelbi’s Sweets ‘n Treats. Shelbi’s Sweets ‘n Treats is a non-profit, all volunteer ice cream truck business in which 100% of the proceeds go to bringing joy to families dealing with childhood cancer.
Mercy Medical Center is celebrating National Nurses Week by inviting all area nurses to attend the variety of free educational activities, beginning Thursday, May 6 through Friday, May 14.
Thursday, May 6
8 a.m. – Left for Dead (1.0 CEU)
9 a.m. – Tissue Donation (.5 CEU)
10 a.m. – Laughter, the Best Medicine
11 a.m. & 4 p.m. – Laws & Rules (1 CEU)
6 p.m. – Self Defense
Friday, May 7
8 a.m. & 2 p.m. – Pain Management (1.0 CEU)
1 p.m. – Tissue Donation (0.5 CEU)
2 p.m. – Gangs in Our Community
4 p.m. – Laughter, the Best Medicine
Monday, May 10
8 a.m. – Conflict Resolution for the Health Care Professional (1.0 CEU)
9 a.m. – Positive Psychology for the Health Care Professional (1.0 CEU)
10 a.m. – Central Lines and Understanding Critical Choices (1.0 CEU)
11 a.m. – Port Access – Best Practices (1.0 CEU)
1 p.m. – What is Palliative Care & When is it Appropriate? (1.0 CEU)
6 p.m. – Laughter, the Best Medicine
Tuesday, May 11
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – American Heart Association, Basic Life Support Marathon
Wednesday, May 12
8 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. – Laws & Rules (1.0 CEU)
9 a.m. – What is Palliative Care & When is it Appropriate? (1.0 CEU)
1 a.m., 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. – Ice Cream Social/Life Banc Organ/Tissue Recipients
1:30 p.m. – Laughter, the Best Medicine
Friday, May 14
8 a.m. – ACLS Prep Class (3.7 CEUs)
8 a.m. – Understanding Infant Adoption Training (4.5 CEUs,) register at: www.infantadopt.org
12:30 pm – Therapeutic Handling of the Aggressive Patient
Seating is limited for the above classes. To reserve your space for all classes except Understanding Infant Adoption Training, call Cindy Baker at 330-580-4730. To register for the adoption class, register online at www.infantadopt.org. For more information on these classes or other National Nurses Week activities, please e-mail Jane.Combs@cantonmercy.org.
Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
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