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Happy Nurses Week

May 9, 2016

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

keep calm hug a nurseBet you didn’t know that we are smack dab in the middle of a whole week recognizing nurses in our country. It begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Very fitting, indeed, to end the week recognizing the founder of modern nursing.

I often use this “stage” to to declare how awesome our nurses are. And this week I’m going to do it again. Because their hearts are made of gold; pure sunshine runs through their veins. Their patience is legendary and their expertise extraordinary. They are selfless, tireless, and fearless.

Hospice nurses are veritable jacks of all trades. They are independent, they think on their feet, and their knowledge is amazingly comprehensive. And on top of that, they are kind, empathetic, and soothing. They are the total package.

Hospice nurses are often likened to angels, an appropriate comparison in my opinion.  They intervene when our patients and families are at their most vulnerable, right when they think they will drown in obligation and pain. Then nurses lift them up, cradle them in their arms, and restore their fragile faith in humanity.

So a heartfelt thank you to nurses everywhere. And to our HPCCR nurses, we want you to know that your dedication has helped make us who we are. You are so often the face of HPCCR.  And because of you, it’s shining bright.

Showing some love

May 6, 2015

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager

love heartYou know what motivates people, especially when it comes to their career?  I can tell you one thing — it’s not money.  (Can I get an Amen, fellow not-for-profit employees?)  In fact, I read this little tidbit recently from an article on Forbes.com: “Rather than money, studies have shown that how creative an employee feels when working on a project is the strongest and most pervasive driver.”

Creativity is a big deal; I can certainly attest to that, given what I do here at HPCCR.  But I have my own theory about what drives satisfaction.  Not just within a career, but in LIFE.  As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing better than feeling appreciated.  Knowing that you are valued.  Loved.

And to that end, there are some amazing people out there who need to be shown some love this week, people.  Nurses and moms, our eternal caregivers.  Seriously, what would we do without them?

The anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday is on May 12 and to commemorate her, National Nurses Week falls each year from May 6-May 12.  It’s the week we honor the unquenchable spirit and compassionate nature of nurses everywhere.  It’s the time when we try to show appreciation for the undeniably tough job they have.

And hospice nurses?  I am totally in awe of what they do and the challenges they face.  They care not only for patients, but entire families.  They bring relief to individuals in unimaginable circumstances and at the same time, they support families suffering from crushing emotional and spiritual pain.  And you know what they do?  They step in, take control, and make things better.  They are bedrocks of comfort, oceans of calm, and fortresses of love.

Mothers are no different; they offer unconditional love and support to their children (when they’re not daydreaming about ways to hide from said offspring, that is).  From the time we are born, our mothers protect us, soothe us, and support us.  They are our cheerleaders, a constant standing ovation in our lives.  When we succeed, they couldn’t be more proud.  When we fail, they help us get back up to try again.  It’s the hardest job on the planet, and it’s completely unpaid.  We officially acknowledge moms on Sunday this week, but they really should be acknowledged every day of the year. (Are you listening, Powell children?)

They say that motherhood is the toughest job you’ll ever love.  Well, nursing comes in a close second.  Nurses and mothers all over, you are loved and endlessly appreciated.  You have our eternal gratitude for showing up to work every day and not handing in your notice.  And if you are both a nurse AND a mom?  Well then.  You deserve to take the rest of the week off.  Paid.  In, like,  Aruba.

Happy Nurse’s Day

May 6, 2011

Bet you didn’t know that today is National Nurse’s Day.  Yep, it’s the start of a whole week devoted to recognizing the nurses in our country, beginning each year on May 6 and ending on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  Very fitting, indeed, to end the week recognizing the founder of modern nursing.

It would be redundant to use this space to say how awesome our nurses are.  But we’ll do it anyway.  Their hearts are made of gold.  Pure sunshine runs through their veins.  Their patience is legendary and their expertise extraordinary.  They are selfless, tireless, and fearless.

Hospice nurses are veritable jacks of all trades.  They are independent, they think on their feet, and their knowledge is amazingly comprehensive.  And on top of that, they are kind, empathetic, and soothing.  They are the total package. 

Hospice nurses are often likened to angels, an appropriate comparison, in our opinion.  They intervene when you are vulnerable, right when you think you will drown in obligation and pain.  Then they lift you up, cradle you in their arms, and restore your fragile faith in humanity. 

So a heartfelt thank you to nurses everywhere.  And to our HPCCR nurses, we want you to know that your dedication has helped make us who we are.   You are so often the face of HPCCR.  And it’s shining bright.