Every year, the nation recognizes nurses for their contributions to the healthcare industry during National Nurses Week (May 6-12), a time that appropriately coincides with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
Just as it was evident in the days of Florence Nightingale, nurses today are on the front lines of providing patient care in our hospitals. Over the years, the profession has evolved to meet the changing needs of our patients. Today’s nurses have earned new respect, not only as caregivers, but also as educators, collaborators, researchers, innovators and leaders.
At Kenmore Mercy, currently Buffalo’s only Magnet-recognized hospital, our nurses make up more than 50% of our workforce. Magnet designation represents the highest distinction a hospital can receive for nursing excellence and high-quality patient care and our team is truly deserving of this honor.
Throughout Catholic Health, nurses are involved in all areas of care, from working in our hospitals, health centers, long-term, and sub-acute care facilities to providing care in patients’ homes.
At Kenmore Mercy, they are ready 24/7 in our Emergency Department; provide care before, during and after surgery; care for patients with a variety of needs, from minor illnesses to serious stroke, cardiac, and medical conditions; comfort families and relieve suffering at the end of life, and so much more.
Nurses, Your Worth is Immeasurable
On behalf of our patients and the communities we serve, I would like to thank our Magnet nurses at Kenmore Mercy and all nurses throughout Catholic Health for their skill and dedication, and for living our values of reverence, compassion, justice, and excellence. Your worth is truly immeasurable.
– Cheryl W. Hayes, MS, ANP, NEA -BC, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Kenmore Mercy Hospital