National Nurses Week (May 9-13)

National Nurses Week
Pictured are Judy Martinsen RN, Utilization Coordinator in Emergency Department and Samantha Lesnick, RN, Emergency Department.

Nurses: With you every step of the way

National Nursing Week annually falls during the second week of May, coinciding with May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday, in recognition of the dedication and achievements of nursing professionals. Since 2004, TBRHSC has evolved into a world-class, academic health care facility, which could not have been accomplished without the hard work and dedication of our nursing staff.

Nurses make up the largest group of employees at TBRHSC (there are approximately 1,200!) and National Nursing Week provides an opportunity to recognize the outstanding compassionate and safe care nurses provide to patients all year long.

To celebrate the incredible nurses we have at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, we’re taking a moment to share the comments received accompanying donations to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. It is thanks to nurses that people choose to make a gift in recognition of their care.

“Thank you for the amazing care you gave us – you went above and beyond to make our stay very relaxing and welcoming.  We were lucky to have great nurses like Judith and Ida.  Thank you!”

“Thank you for everything Nurse Kim.  You are an amazing person.”

“The nurses in 2A were very professional and treated me very well.  Thanks to all of them.”

“I am donating in appreciation of the wonderful care I’ve received in the Cancer Clinic.  You should be proud of all your nurses and doctors.”

“Thank you to all the nurses on the 2nd Floor for my three week care at TBRHSC.  I can only describe this unplanned event with your subsequent professional care and tolerance to me as wonderful.  May each and all of you fare well.”

“I am writing to thank all the nurses who were involved in my chemotherapy over the past six months.  During that time I experience exceptional care and concern for my well-being.  All of my questions regarding the treatments were answered in a timely and informative manner, with Laura being especially helpful.  I find it appropriate that I make a donation to the Northern Cancer Fund in order to help to maintain the standard of care available to patients in Thunder Bay.”

“I had to attend the Emergency Unit on a Sunday afternoon and was impressed with the friendly reception of the office staff and the level of care I received from all the nurses on duty.  I was a nurse myself.  Now 80 years old and I know what patients can be like in a busy Emergency unit.  Thank you to all the nurses and medical staff.”

“Thank you to all the amazing nurses in Maternal Newborn and Labour and Delivery!!”

“A big thank you to all the lovely nurses and workers at the Cath Lab.  Hope you are all well.”

“Our deepest thank you’s  to all the nursing staff at the Regional, from the Emergency department to every department that give gentle loving care to all they touch.”

“Thank you ever so much for looking after me, when I go for a Pace maker check up twice a year.  Thank you to all the nurses and staff at your hospital.  I thank God everyday for the health that I have.  This is a little donation to your Hospital.  Thanks xoxo.”

“Thank you to all the doctors and nurses.  They are all very good to us.”

“We’re happy to help other people in the hospital, like the doctors and nurses helped us.  We remember and are thankful of their kindness and care.”

“Enclosed is a donation in memory of our son who passed away from cancer.  He received his treatment here and we were very blessed to have such caring staff take care of him during his hospital stays.  A big thank you to the staff in the Cancer Centre Clinic and the nursing staff in oncology on 1A.”

“Thank you to the nursing staff in Labour and Delivery, you were all very kind and compassionate!”

“Keep up the good work.  I was admitted with a stroke. Couldn’t ask for better care from the nurses.”

“I was a patient last eve, Family Day in Emergency.  I have to say what an amazing team you have.  As someone who has had lots of experience being a patient there I must commend everyone yesterday.  I want to let you know one about one of the nurses that was working.  Her name was Miriam.  She is by fare one of the best, compassionate and caring nurses I have come across.  You are lucky to have her and any person would be lucky to have her.” 

“My hats off to Nurse Practitioner Kathy Bean for her follow up after my operation.”

“Thank you to all the staff on 3M – Troy, Kayla, Kirsten, Paula, Sue, Nicole, Florence, Michelle, Samantha.  THANK YOU!!  Troy was our HERO!!”