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Centegra celebrates nurses during Nurses Week activities

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – Centegra Health System is celebrating its nurses with Nurses Week activities that aim to help them recharge and relax.

“Centegra’s nurses are at the heart of the community,” said Neil Murphy, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Centegra Health System. “They dedicate themselves to continuous improvement to enhance the way we provide care to our patients. They seek ongoing education and bring innovative practices to the McHenry County region. Whether they’re at work or at home, our nurses give of themselves every day. During Nurses Week, we take the opportunity to recognize and celebrate them.”

The two-week celebration began April 15, when speakers offered presentations to nurses about developing resiliency, self-awareness, team building and loving the nursing profession. Other talks focused on laughing for health, reducing stress and professional image in nursing.

This week, nurses will enjoy complimentary breakfasts and teas at each hospital and pizza will be taken to night-shift staff members. Chair massages will be provided and nurses can attend integrative healing offerings including qigong, Reiki, yoga and drumming.

“Each of our celebrations allow nurses to come in and out according to their schedules,” Murphy said. “We want to help them reenergize so they can continue to provide advanced care to our patients.”

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