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Virginia Mason Medical Center is celebrating National Nurses Week from May 6 through 12 to honor its nurses for the many diverse ways in which they improve the health and well-being of our patients. Events throughout the week will thank nurses for the special work they do every day. A special reception will be held Thursday, May 7.

In 1998, the American Nurses Association designated May 8 as a special day to celebrate student nurses as part of National Nurses Week. VM has played a significant role in the education of student nurses since the early 1920s. Currently, more than 200 nursing students a year receive some or all of their clinical training at VM. 
 
Virginia Mason also participates in the DAISY award, a national program that recognizes staff nurses, clinical nurse leaders, assistant nurse managers and clinical nurse specialists who have shown remarkable care and clinical skills in their patient care. Each year, nurses are nominated by their nurse administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families. Award recipients receive an award certificate, a DAISY Foundation pin and a Healer’s Touch sculpture, hand-carved for the DAISY Foundation by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.
 
National Nurses Week recognizes the work of America's 2.9 million registered nurses who save lives and maintain the health of millions of people. National Nurses Week is celebrated annually May 6 through 12, ending on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. This year, the American Nurses Association has selected "Nurses: Building a Healthy America" as the theme. 

Related Information:
VM has partnered with KIRO 7 to honor nurses

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