In Celebration of Nursing: Recognize National Nurses Week May 6-12

May 6, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements, Strategy & Leadership,

A message from Margaret Calarco, Ph.D., RN, senior associate director and chief of Nursing Services

As we recognize National Nurses Week, I want to thank our dedicated nursing community for their many important contributions to patients, their families, and our profession.

For more than 100 years, nurses at Michigan have made local, national and international contributions to the nursing profession and to the health of the world. As I reflect on how far we have come over the past several years, I am heartened by the work we are doing to fulfill our promise to society to transform patient care.” This transformation continues every day through our professional practice model and many improvement initiatives at UMHS.

Nurses at Michigan, across our Health System, and across the School of Nursing, are uniquely qualified and positioned to lead the transformation of healthcare and the world is continuing to understand the impact of nursing on the health of our society. It is my hope that we will continue to come together to build our professional community in the service of the public we serve.

When commenting on the stellar work that U-M Nursing provides, UMHHC Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer Tony Denton had this to say: “I am grateful and proud of our nursing staff and leaders who are instrumental to our success as a provider of choice. Our talented nursing team demonstrates passion for excellence and innovation while providing ideal experiences for our patients and families, each and every day. We are fortunate to have such amazing caregivers.”

As we mark National Nurses Week, please pause for a moment to reflect on the professional community nursing staff have helped to create at UMHS. This community embraces excellence, compassion, connection and caring. I cannot tell you how proud I am to be a part of this very special and very talented community. Thank you to all our nurses for their continued dedication and commitment to our patients and our profession.

In closing, I think a quote from a patient letter sums this up perfectly:

“I just wanted to write and thank you for hiring great nurses. I have never seen the dedication, the expertise and compassion that we all found at UMHS. The nurses here are absolutely exceptional.”