Celebrate National Nurse Appreciation Week with Our KenCrest Staff
This year, KenCrest recognizes the incredible, hardworking nurses who go above and beyond to help the people we serve.
By Sydney Kerelo
National Nurse Appreciation Week kicks off May 6-12th, honoring and recognizing all the incredible nurses around the United States. For the past three years, nurses have undergone extreme fatigue, stress, and so much more due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and this year we want to share our appreciation for all they do.
National Nurse Appreciation Week has been honoring our hardworking medical care specialists since 1953, according to NursingWorld.org. During this time, Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to proclaim Nurse Day in October to President Eisenhower. He never made the proclamation, but the following year National Nurse Week was observed from October 11-16 during the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea.
According to the National Library of Medicine, in 1854, Florence Nightingale brought a team of 38 volunteer nurses to care for British soldiers fighting in the Crimean War. Nightingale and her nurses supplied the wounded and dying soldiers with fresh linens, clean shirts, plates, knives, etc. She believed the soldiers were dying from unclean conditions, so she took matters into her own hands by cleaning the kitchens, bringing food from England, flushing out the sewers, and improving ventilation.
Due to Florence Nightingale’s incredible work healing the wounded soldiers in the Crimean War, NursingWorld.org states that National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
This year, to honor our amazing nurses at KenCrest, we created a list of astounding staff members who have outdone themselves to help the people we support. Kate Brown, a Care Coordinator with KenCrest’s Children’s Transitional Care Homes, says, “We have so many nurses that help us out with medical appointments on top of their regular shifts and picking up overtime shifts—specifically Bridget King-Greyson. Bridget goes above and beyond, ensuring our children’s hair always looks nice, and people would pay good money for the hairstyles she provides!”
Brown highlights the work of Lynn Lu and Axita Patel, who had stepped up when COVID-19 caused many staff members to call out sick. Lu and Patel worked many extra hours and continue to provide exceptional care to every patient.
These are just a few of the incredible nurses we have on staff at KenCrest. Below, we recognize a few more nurses who deserve recognition this year.
Are you interested in joining this incredible team of heroes? Click here to learn more and possibly apply for a position! We are always looking for new nurses to join our team.