STEGH Celebrates Nursing Week May 6-12

Highlights Include STOP! Clean Your Hands Day, and STEGH’s First Mental Health Day

St. Thomas, ON – Nursing Week 2013 takes place May 6-12, honouring the effort and dedication of nurses to the ever evolving health-care system. National Nurses Week, was chosen around Florence Nightingale’s May 12th birthday and today, nurses around the globe carry forward her pledge to professional nursing excellence.

“Nursing is more than a profession, it is a passion, an art and a science which all combine into one critical healthcare role,” says Karen Davies, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. “I am always proud, and grateful, for our nursing staff and the care they provide to our patients and their families. Nurses week provides a wonderful opportunity to formally applaud the men and women who are our nurses. I ask our community to join us in thanking our nurses for all that they do each and every day at STEGH. Maybe a nurse has impacted your life; this is your chance to say thank you.”

STEGH is celebrating Nursing Week with events, education sessions, and activities for all staff, including the more than 340 nurses employed at the Hospital.
“This year’s theme for Nursing Week is Nursing – A Leading Force for Change and as nurses we are very excited to share our energy and enthusiasm with our colleagues in the organization as leaders in change,” says Pam Bushell, STEGH Manager of Professional Practice. “We also know that as nurses we could not deliver an excellent patient care experience without the support of our partners in practice, so all of our staff are invited to join us in our week of celebration.”

Monday May 6th STEGH Joins Global Initiative with STOP! Clean Your Hands Day

STEGH is excited to participate in the third national, STOP! Clean Your Hands Day on Monday, May 6, 2013. This national event will coincide with a global initiative of the World Health Organization, “Save Lives: Clean Your Hands.”
“Patient Safety is a priority at STEGH and hand hygiene contributes significantly to keeping our patients safe,” says Davies. “Clean hands support a clean hospital. Infections are the most common serious complication of hospital stays, and preventing as many of them as possible is our priority. We are very proud of our low infection rates and high hand hygiene compliance rates. And we are thrilled to be joining over 600 participating organizations for the World Stop Clean Your Hands day”
Hand hygiene is the act of cleaning your hands. Hands can be cleaned by using an alcohol-based hand rub which kills organisms in seconds, or when hands are visibly soiled, using soap and running water. As health care providers move from patient to patient and room to room while providing care, their hands pick up germs which can cause infections. Hand hygiene works by interrupting this spread of germs.

Wednesday May 8th – STEGH’s First Mental Health Day

STEGH will mark its first Mental Health Day by inviting the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and STEGH staff to participate in a flag raising ceremony at the front of the Hospital. Preparations are well underway for the Hospital’s first Mental Health Care program set to open this fall. The new program will include a 15-bed inpatient unit for adult patients requiring hospitalization for up to 2 weeks, and related outpatient programs and services.

Deb Gibson, Manager of the Mental Healthcare Program at STEGH explains “The flag represents our commitment to the community to work in partnership for our patients, families, and a better community for all. We offer congratulations to CMHA on their 62nd annual Mental Health Week and we echo their message, It’s time to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others about mental health.”

Friday May 10th – MPP Jeff Yurek Tours STEGH as Part of RNAO’s Take Your MPP to Work Day

Nurses at STEGH have invited MPP Jeff Yurek to learn more about the successes and challenges of practising as a nurse in Ontario by touring the Hospital on Friday May 10, 2013.
MPP Yurek, is one of many politicians across the province who is taking part in this Nursing Week tradition, which is part of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s (RNAO) 13th annual Take Your MPP to Work event.

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