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Celebrate National Nurses Week 2015

A heartfelt “thank you” to those who touch patient lives in so many ways

As we celebrate National Nurses Week from May 6-12, I’d like to share a quote from a recent patient letter that I believe sums up the way many of us — staff and patients alike — feel about Nurses at Michigan and the important contributions they’ve made to patients, their families and our profession.

The patient wrote:

“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.”

Over the years, I’ve read countless letters that express a similar message. This is the kind of feedback we love to hear as it makes our dedicated work as nurses all the more meaningful. Our long-standing tradition of contributing to the profession of nursing continues as we come together to fulfill our promise to “transform patient care.”

The UMHS nursing community of 5,000 nurses in a multitude of practice and advanced practice roles is more committed than ever to embracing excellence, compassion, connection and caring. I’m proud of our nurses’ ongoing dedication and am reminded of another quote from an unknown author:

“When you’re a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.”

As National Nursing week begins, I invite you to watch this video, which demonstrates the many accomplishments — large and small — of our nurses, and the ways in which they touch lives on a daily basis. Please take a moment to watch while reflecting on how a nurse has positively impacted your life or the life of a loved one.

Take the next step:

For more than 160 years, the University of Michigan Health System has been a national leader in advanced patient care, innovative research to improve human health and comprehensive education of physicians and medical scientists. The three U-M hospitals have been recognized numerous times for excellence in patient care, including a #1 ranking in Michigan and national rankings in many specialty areas by U.S. News & World Report.

Nursing at Michigan represents an extraordinary professional nursing community of 5,000 nurses in a multitude of practice and advanced practice roles. U-M nurses strive to provide exquisite, evidence-based care to thousands of patients annually in a compassionate and innovative practice environment.