Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital celebrated Nurses Week 2017 from May 8-12 under the national theme of "Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit."
The celebration began with food and entertainment at a kickoff breakfast held in the main campus Outpatient Care Center. Festivities then made their way from unit to unit or were stationed in easy to access areas. Throughout the week nurses were celebrated with coffee carts, visits from therapy pets, massages, free fitness classes and the Blessing of the Hands. In the main cafeteria, unit-based posters were on display showcasing how Johns Hopkins All Children's nurses bring balance to mind, body and spirit. Patients and families also joined in the celebration with thank you notes and nurse-themed BINGO.
During Research Day, a display of 17 original posters highlighted new knowledge, innovation and quality improvement research conducted by Johns Hopkins All Children's nurses. The following nurses also gave podium presentations on their research: Kate Davis, Lisa Smotrich and Lindsay Jones.
The Florida Orchestra provided a special musical experience for patients, families and nurses as they traveled the hospital in small groups before providing a concert of family-favorite pieces in the Education and Conference Center. Nurses who attended the event were able to pick up ticket vouchers for a future Florida Orchestra event.
The celebration drew to a close on Friday morning, with a special celebration of nurses. Michael Gallant, M.D., gave a heartfelt tribute to nurses leading in to Veronica Martin, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer, presenting the 2017 Nursing Excellence Awards. This year, a total of 365 nominations for nurses and nursing support staff were submitted for award categories framed around the new professional practice model. Award winners were selected by a group of Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital volunteers who graded nominations on a point system based on the nursing week theme and the tagline “All we do. All for kids.” Congratulations to these winners:
- Compassionate and Safe Care: Tassa Allegranza, CVICU
- Collaborative Practice: Kristi Clark, Surgery
- Curiosity and Innovation: Jolyn Lambert, Transport
- Academic Growth and Development: Kim McKane, PICU
- Visionary Leader: Amanda McCollom, Pediatric Medicine
In addition to the Nursing Excellence Awards, several other awards were presented. Congratulations to:
- USF Preceptors: Matt Higgins and Whitney Hoertz
- UT Preceptor: Shanna Latimer
- Daisy Award for the month of April: Victoria Johnson
A very special thank you goes out to the Nurses Week Committee and everyone who helped make this week special for all our nurses.