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NATIONAL NURSES WEEK: Giving thanks where it is truly deserved

on Tuesday, 10 May 2022. Posted in Local News

Brooke Floyd, a registered nurse in the Emergency Room at MUSC Health Marion Medical Center, was recently named the with of the DAISY Award, presented to a nurse that exemplifies the mission, vision, and values of MUSC Health.

      “I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping, and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, as a ‘missioner of health’ I will dedicate myself to devoted service to human welfare.”

      National Nurses Week began last Friday and continues through Thursday. A simple “thank you” seems rather meager, considering the incredibly important yet often thankless service they provide in our most needy times, but it still needs to be said.

    The Florence Area is blessed to have three major medical facilities, McLeod Regional Medical Center, MUSC Health–Florence and Marion, and Hope-Health. Each has and will celebrate their nurses this week.

     “We honor the work of our nurses who day in and day out lead, excel and innovate,” said McLeod Health officials in a released statement. “McLeod nurses are heroes who serve with expert hands and compassionate hearts.”

   McLeod Health employs more than 2,700 licensed nurses and each one has a critical responsibility to uphold the highest level of quality in their practice to ensure the delivery of superior health care to patients, families and their community.

       McLeod Regional Medical Center will hold a ceremony announcing their Nurse of the Year recipients on Thursday.

      MUSC Health - Florence and Marion held a Blessing of the Hands ceremony on Monday, a Cap Day on Wednesday. MUSC Health-Florence will hold a Nursing Recognition Ceremony on Thursday. Marion will hold its ceremony on Friday

    All nurses recite the Florence Nightingale pledge, printed at the beginning of this article, during their pinning ceremony. They take an oath to do their best to carry out the mission of the founder of their profession each and every day.

     These women and men are incredibly skilled. They don’t possess unlimited powers or talents but rather, they’ve been taught at fine institutions like Francis Marion University and Florence-Darlington Technical College, among others. They’ve had instructors who helped develop and cultivate their critical thinking skills. They learned what to ask and when. And they learned the times for being proactive and reactive.

     Nurses have proficiency to handle so many tasks associated with time in their care. They’re skilled, they gain experience daily, and we benefit.

     Nurses have proficiency to handle so many tasks associated with time in their care. They’re skilled, they gain experience daily, and we benefit.

      Times of sickness can be downright scary, most particularly when we’re unsure of the why. It is unique that we can meet a nurse we’ve never seen before, have some understanding of their profession, and quickly develop confidence and belief they will help us.

       They are not perfect and would never ask the public to hold them on such a pedestal, but in this world of hurt, theirs is a comfort we’ve truly come to expect in time of great need.

  It is difficult to imagine life without them, now or ever.

   Nurses make this a better world, one patient at a time. Today, this week, and every day, we truly say “Thanks!”

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