Every year from May 6th – 12th the American Nurses Association celebrates National Nurses Week, and the 2011 theme is “Nurses Trusted to Care.” My favorite quote honoring nurses is, “You heal sometimes. You relieve often. You comfort always.” Camus.

A special thanks goes out to all the fantastic school nurses who provide children everything from band-aids and cold packs to daily meds and emergency interventions, all with a huge dose of compassionate care – their day of special recognition is Wednesday, May 11th. Consider promoting and participating in your school’s recognition of your child’s school nurse (see link below)- check with your child’s school for special activities.

From author Donna Cardillo, “Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet. No wonder we’re exhausted at the end of the day!”

Especially during this week of celebration, please show your appreciation by reaching out to those special nurses whose caring professionalism has made a positive impact in your life. Whether at the hospital, in clinic, at a specialist’s office, or in the school setting, we value their skills in the healing arts and honor the difference they make in our lives.

Nursing care comes in many forms. Sometimes it is the ability to make someone feel physically comfortable by various means. Other times it is the ability to improve the body’s ability to achieve or maintain health. But often it is an uncanny yet well honed knack to see beyond the obvious and address, in some way, the deeper needs of the human soul. ~Donna Wilk Cardillo, A Daybook for Beginning Nurses

Courtesy of NASN, the National Assn of School Nurses: The direct link for the School Nurses’s Day web page: www.schoolnurseday.org Look in the right hand column for materials to promote your important role in school. See sample posters, newsletter article, celebration suggestions and an e-postcard.

The Burke family honors the outstanding nursing skills of:
Paula Harris, school nurse and all nursing staff at Pond Cove Elementary School in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Susan and Julie and all nursing staff at the Maine Pediatric Specialty Group- Pediatric Nephrology, Portland, Maine
Maine Medical Center- Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital staff, Portland Maine
Maine Medical Center – Dialysis Unit staff (especially Plasmapheresis Nurses), Portland, Maine

Linda Burke founder of www.atypicalhus.org and Asst. Director of The Foundation for Children with Atypical HUS