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Saint Thomas Health celebrates National Nurses Week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 6, 2013 -- National Nurses Week, celebrated from May 6 - 12, honors and recognizes registered nurses for their tireless commitment to caring for patients. National Nurses Week always begins on May 6, which is National Nurses Day, and ends on May 12, which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Florence Nightingale (1820 – 1910) is considered the founder of modern nursing because of her dedication to preventing disease and ensuring safe, compassionate treatment for patients. 

Like Florence Nightingale, today’s nurses are dedicated to providing excellent patient care. A few quick facts about nurses and National Nurses Week include: 

  • There are more than 3.1 million nursing professionals nationwide. Nurses comprise the largest healthcare workforce. 
  • Nursing is also projected to be the fastest growing healthcare occupation, with more than 700,000 new registered nurse jobs being added by 2020. 
  • Nurses serve in emergency rooms, clinics, homeless shelters and many other settings. 
  • This year, the theme for National Nurses Week is “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care.” This theme recognizes nurses for their leadership and contributions to enhancing the quality of patient care through innovation and data-driven care strategies. 

Nurses play a critical role in caring for patients, developing effective prevention and treatment strategies, and reducing overall healthcare costs. Their efforts to help individuals maintain and improve their health, as well as to educate them about their treatment and healthy lifestyles, are key to creating healthier communities here in Middle Tennessee and nationwide. Saint Thomas Health encourages everyone to thank a nurse today for his or her service to the community.

To honor Saint Thomas Health nurses this week, we will be featuring a different nurse each day on our Facebook pages. Visit /BaptistHospitalNashville/SaintThomasHealthSystems or /yourMTMC to offer your words of encouragement. 

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About Saint Thomas Health

Saint Thomas Health is Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system with more than 6,500 associates. Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the health care experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes – Baptist Hospital, Saint Thomas Hospital and The Hospital for Spinal Surgery in Nashville, Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro and Hickman Community Hospital in Centerville – and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, the largest Catholic, not-for-profit health system in the United States. For more information, visit

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