Area nurses to be honored during annual National Nurses WeekWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryan Ward didn’t grow up with dreams of becoming a nurse, but feels lucky to have found a career he loves.
“With nursing I got to start right away, hands-on, and that’s the way I work, so I absolutely love it,” Ward said. “I wanted to do something in the health care field and wanted to work with people on a daily basis. It turns out nursing was absolutely everything I could have wanted. It wasn’t my plan to become a male nurse, but I really lucked out in choosing it.”
The 27-year-old is one of thousands of area nurses to be recognized for exceptional excellence during National Nurses Week, including about 190 from Toledo Hospital, where Ward is a registered nurse in the surgical ICU.
“It’s a major honor because you’re nominated by people you work with every day,” said Ward, a Northview High School graduate. “It’s flattering and humbling to see that they want you to be recognized for working hard, so it’s exciting.”
National Nurses Week is an annual celebration that runs from May 6 through May 12. The birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, is May 12. National Student Nurses Day is May 8 and National School Nurse Day will be May 11.
Other ProMedica events planned for National Nurses Week include fun days, ice cream socials and a certification breakfast for nurses who have been certified in an area of expertise, said Tedra White, director of media relations.
Each Mercy facility also has events planned for National Nurses Week, including an awards ceremony, a nurses luncheon and a cap day, where nurses are invited to wear the old-fashioned style nursing caps, said Media Relations Coordinator Sarah Velliquette.
For more information, visit www.nursingworld.org.