Blythedale Children’s Hospital celebrated the important role nurses play in caring for medically fragile children through festivities for National Nurses Week, from May 6 through May 12, 2012. Blythedale’s Nursing Department includes more than 225 staff members with extensive experience in pediatrics and the specialized care required by children with complex medical issues.
Blythedale Children’s Hospital celebrated its Nursing Department with activities throughout the week, including a Nursing Awards Ceremony, a special presentation, and a Recognition Luncheon and Dinner for daytime and night staff. The theme for the week was "Advocating, Leading and Caring."
The Nursing Department was praised by Chief Operating Officer Maureen Desimone during the Nursing Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 8, for "commitment and dedication to excellence in pediatric nursing practice and for putting your heart into your career. We are proud of each and every one of you,” she said. The ceremony offered a special opportunity to recognize the role the nursing staff plays in caring for patients, particularly the children and families of Blythedale. Awards were handed out for "Excellence in Nursing,” for registered nurses; "Nursing Partner in Care,” for an exceptional nursing assistant; and "Non-Nursing Partner in Care,” for a non-nursing staff member.
On Wednesday, May 9, Amy Ansehl, RN, MSN, FNP-C, addressed a large group of Blythedale staff from Nursing and other departments about the important work of nurses. Ansehl emphasized the value of nurses in a changing healthcare landscape, and how nurses practice advocacy in their daily practice of patient care. Ansehl is Community Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Children's Environmental Health of the Hudson Valley, as part of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology at New York Medical College in Valhalla.