Released: May 4, 2023
Delaware County Council recognized May 6-12 as National Nurses Week during the May 3 public Council Meeting.
National Nurses Week was created in 1991 to serve as a time to reflect on the important contributions that nurses make to provide high-quality healthcare and compassion to the patients they care for. The week is recognized annually beginning on May 6 in celebration of “National Recognition Day for Nurses”, and concludes on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
Nurses serve on the front lines, risking their lives to treat and care for injured and sick people during times of strife, natural disasters, and public health emergencies. They represent the largest component of the healthcare profession, with studies showing that when nurse staffing levels increase- the risk of patient complications decreases.
Nurses across Delaware County provide experienced care to the patients they serve each day and are the cornerstone of public health, touching the lives of residents through every stage of life.
During the public meeting, Council presented a resolution to Stephanie Reese, a registered RN and the Administrator for the Division of Personal Health for the County’s Health Department and Kristen Grady who works as a nurse at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility. Council also commended the dedicated team of nurses at Fair Acres, noting that the level of care and compassion they offer to the residents they serve each day is extraordinary. Council also recognized all the nurses across the county- from school nurses to ER nurses to nurses at assisted living facilities and commended them for their dedication and compassion.