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Nurses appreciation

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

May 6-12 is National Nurses Week.

During this special week, Mercy Health System would like to thank our nearly 900 nursing partners for the very important work they do and the many roles they play.

Nurses are healers, advocates, teachers, confidants and friends. They touch lives and provide comfort, peace and confidence. They make a difference every day, not only through the nursing care they provide, but also through the hands they hold and the hugs they give.

Mercy’s tagline is “With all our heart. With all our mind.”  Mercy nurses are a perfect example of how our partners live this motto every day.

They combine the professional practice of nursing with the science of medicine, and pour everything they have into providing the very best care for their patients. Whether they practice in hospitals, emergency departments, clinics, home health or any of the other many places that nurses work at Mercy, they remain as a constant presence on which our patients and families can count.

Together with partners throughout Mercy Health System, our nurses are on a journey to achieve Magnet Recognition – the gold standard of nursing excellence. I am proud to say that in their practice, they achieve this level every day.

On behalf of the entire Mercy Health System, we thank you, Mercy nurses, for your life-saving care and life-changing work. We are proud of your passion for excellence, your exemplary professional practice and are truly appreciative of your uncompromising commitment to our patients and communities.

Sue Ripsch

Vice president of nursing and chief nursing officerMercy Health System

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