Today is the start of Nurses Week, which occurs annually from May 6 – 12 nationwide. Here at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, we have many events planned to express our support and appreciation. We are proud of our nurses who provide great attention and care for patients. Many contribute time outside of patient care, including mentoring student nurses and doing research. A prime example of this is the SCCA nurse preceptors, who mentor Seattle University College of Nursing students on-the-job during their clinical rotations. This is the fifth year of the clinical education program with the university.
We are kicking off Nurses Week with a glassybaby sale today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside the South Lake Union clinic. A portion of the proceeds will go to nursing scholarships. On Monday there will be a Preceptor Recognition Breakfast; on Tuesday the Nursing Ground Rounds presentation; and on Wednesday a career fair for local nursing schools. Nurses Week will conclude next Thursday on Florence Nightingale’s birthday with a commemoration and recognition or nurses past and present. Maybe a familiar name to you, Nightingale was a social and healthcare advocate who provided care for the British military and established the Nightingale School in London – becoming the platform for nursing education around the world.