Nurses Week 2018

National Nurses Week
May 6-12, 2018

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896. It is a great opportunity every year to recognize the contributions that nurses and nursing make to the community. Join the nationwide celebration! Celebrate yourself and your fellow nurses for the inspiration, innovation and influence you provide day in and day out.

Six of our consultants here at Progressive Surgical Solutions are nurses. It sets us apart in our consulting work and it allows us to be more effective in serving the ASC industry. With years of hands on clinical and administrative experience, we know what our clients are going through because we’ve been there. We are nurses helping nurses and at the end of the day, that is what we love most about what we do. We are keenly aware of the demands you face from all directions on a daily basis and we appreciate everything you do to serve your surgeons and care for your patients.

We celebrate you!

On the occasion of Nurses Week, we all took a moment to reflect on it’s meaning. Read what each of our nurse consultants had to say when asked:

“Why are you passionate about nursing?”
“What is the most important quality of an ASC nurse?”

I am beyond passionate about nursing because I think it is the most flexible and rewarding career choice you can make. The opportunities for a nurse with a solid clinical foundation are limitless. I particularly appreciate this as a woman, a mother (and now grandmother) and a wife. Nursing has rewarded me beyond my wildest dreams.

To me, the most important quality of a nurse is adaptability. Whether working in med-surg, critical care, the main OR. or ambulatory surgery, one will only survive and thrive to the extent they are adaptable. Nursing school does not prepare you for clinical nursing, any more than the last job, prepared you for this one. Keep growing, keep learning, keep expanding your horizons. Nursing will never let you down, as long as you adapt.

Regina Boore, MS, BSN, RN, CASC

You have the ability to use your technical and assessment skills and help people at the same time. You can take your technical and assessment skills and use them in many areas including hospitals, home health, physician offices, ASCs (of course), research, teaching and the list goes on. What other professions allow for this type of autonomy and movement?

The most important quality of an ASC nurse is confidence. Confidence in his/her own knowledge base, scope of practice, patient care skills and confidence in his/her role as a team member.

Debra Stinchcomb, MBA, BSN, RN, CASC

I’m passionate about nursing because it’s a career that gives you the opportunity to explore so many avenues in healthcare. Whether it’s caring for patients at the bedside, working in a trauma center, circulating in the OR, teaching or consulting, you have the chance to have an impact on so many lives.

The most important quality of an ASC nurse is the willingness to be a team player. It’s obvious to patients when the people caring for them are working together as one to ensure they have a positive experience when most would rather be anywhere else!

Leanne Gallegos, BSN, RN

I am passionate about nursing because of the positive impact we, as nurses, can have in patient’s lives and because of how good the profession has been for me. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to hold a number of different roles within the profession and it has been incredibly rewarding.

Being a team player is one of the most important qualities of being an ASC nurse. ASCs are very fast-paced environments, but patient safety is imperative! Teamwork is absolutely required in order to provide safe and quality care.

Crissy Benze, MSN, BSN, RN

I am passionate about helping nurses improve their practice. As in every profession, we can always be better. For nurses it is so important that we don’t become complacent, that we are constantly striving to be the best possible advocates for patients. It is a humbling experience for me to participate in this journey with other nurses. At the end of the day, it is all about the patient and it is entirely up to us.

The most important quality of an ASC nurse is their ability to prioritize effectively. As the clinical director of a busy ophthalmic surgery center for 10 years, I know first hand how many things you have to juggle every day. You must be able to prioritize correctly and implement efficiently.

Vanessa Sindell, MSN, BSN, RN

How will you Celebrate?

We encourage you to join the celebration. Be sure to check out all the resources made available by the American Nurses Association (ANA)

Go to the official Nurses Week Website to shop their store for gear, download the national nurses week resources toolkit, register for a free webinar on May 9, and read more about the history of this important week.


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