UTHCT celebrates Hospital/Nurses Week with celebration luncheon, employee picnic, and other events

Monday, May 7, 2007

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler will celebrate Hospital Week and Nurses Week, May 6-12, with several events that recognize the commitment and dedication of its health care staff.

One of the highlights of the week is the Second Annual Nurses Week Celebration Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the Center for Biomedical Research Auditorium on the UTHSCT campus, 11937 U.S. Highway 271 in Tyler.

More than 100 nurses from area health care institutions have made reservations to attend this event.

The featured speaker at the luncheon will be Willa Decker, RN, who will present “The Party Won’t Be Complete Without You.” Decker is a family nurse practitioner at a private clinic in Houston and an assistant professor at The University of Texas School of Nursing.

She has a master’s in nursing from the TWU School of Nursing, a master’s in family therapy from the University of Houston, Clear Lake, and a family nurse practitioner degree from the University of Texas School of Nursing, Houston. Decker also has her own consulting company called Extraordinary Attitudes.

Luncheon sponsors include UTHSCT, The University of Texas at Tyler College of Nursing and Health Sciences, UTMB Correctional Managed Care, District 19 of the Texas Nurses Association, Trinity Mother Frances Health System, Hospice of East Texas, East Texas Medical Center, and Greater East Texas Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Other sponsors include Excel Personnel, Capstone Personnel, Andrews Advantage – A Partial Hospitalization Program, VWR Scientific, Zoll Medical, Cardinal Health, BD Bio-Science, Azalea Surgical, Perkin Elmer, Crothall – Housekeeping, Crothall – Physical Plant, Sterling Barnett Little, Inc., Franklin Instruments, Intermountain Scientific Corp., and Kinetics.

Another highlight will be the Hospital and Nurses Week Employee Picnic, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, on the lawn outside the main hospital complex. UTHSCT employees are encouraged to dress as their favorite Hollywood celebrity.

Other events include:

  • Patient Appreciation Day on Monday, May 7, when each UTHSCT patient will receive a special gift;
  • Roving “Town Hall” meetings on Tuesday, May 8, in which administrators visit departments throughout the Health Center to answer employees’ questions and hear their concerns; and
  • Mission, Vision, and Values Day-Game Paradise on Thursday, May 10, in the South Cafeteria Conference Room where employees can participate in games and enter a drawing for a special prize if they can recite and describe the Health Center’s four core values.

Hospital Week was created in 1921 by a magazine editor who was concerned that the public saw hospitals as places that were shrouded in secrecy.

Today, the event is celebrated in cities and towns in all 50 states and is the largest health care event in the United States. This year recognizes the pride, professionalism, and people of health care with the theme, “Care You Count On, People You Trust.”

Nurses’ Week, created by the American Nurses Association, was officially established in 1990. This year’s theme is “Nursing: A Profession and a Passion.”

The week begins Sunday, May 6, and concludes on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, Saturday, May 12. Nightingale, an Englishwoman who was born in 1820 in Florence, Italy, and died in 1910, was the founder of the modern nursing profession.

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