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May 2, 2014

MHP celebrates Nurses Week

OSKALOOSA — In recognition of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, Mahaska Health Partnership honors the licensed practical nurses (LPN), registered nurses (RN), psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners (P/MHNP), advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP) and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) who are making health care personal at MHP.

According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), nursing is a profession described as an art and science. Nurses play many roles, from caregiver and educator to researcher and advocate.

“Our nurses are dedicated and committed to making health care personal for our patients,” MHP Chief Nursing Officer Darlene Keuning explained. “They take the time to ensure patients have the best possible experience at MHP, regardless of the circumstances.”

Keuning said that the theme of this year’s nurses week, "Nurses: Leading the Way," is a perfect description of how MHP nurses strive to be the best advocates for their patients.

“In a rural health care environment, it is especially important that our staff be well-rounded leaders at every level of practice,” Keuning stressed. “Doctors and other medical providers rely on nurses to help be their eyes and ears when it comes to patient care. Our nurses and providers have great working relationships, which I truly believe leads to better patient outcomes.”

National Nurses Week is always celebrated through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. According to the Keuning, Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing and a great example for all nurses to look up to. Keuning said Nightingale was quick to recognize that the accepted way of doing things was not always the best and strived to discover new ways to care for patients and create healthy environments.

“A commitment to continued learning is a professional responsibility that nurses owe to themselves and to their patients. MHP promotes continuous learning for our nurses, and many have or are pursuing advanced degrees and professional certifications.”

If you would like to recognize a nurse who made a difference during your experience with MHP, visit mahaskahealth.org and click “Contact Us.”

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