National Nurses Week a celebration of legacy for Rochester family

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More than 1,500 healthcare providers at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) will have two reasons to celebrate, as they are both nurses and public servants.

"The thing I love most about being a nurse is working with patients and helping them when they really need to be cared for", Bereza said.

Bereza began her career as a staff nurse in the medical/surgical unit of the hospital, a position she enjoyed very much because she got to provide bedside care and spend time with patients.

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National Nurses Week concludes on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is considered the founder of modern nursing. National Nurses Week is annually observed May 6-12. This week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses work to improve health care. The ANA is focusing this year's National Nurses Week on the theme "Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence", as part of its "Year of Advocacy".

"We take pride in the fact that the public has rated nursing as the most honest and ethical profession for the past 16 years", the ANA website states. "Nurses are at the front line of patient care and hospital experience, and our team is dedicated to each individual we treat".

"National Hospital Week isn't just about the dedicated employees of the facility, it's about the support from the community a hospital receives as well", said Jeff Liebman, chief executive officer of MetroWest Medical Center. Being a nurse means answering a call to care, to be human, and to listen. It is the ideal opportunity to recognize the tremendous service our nurses, providers, employees and volunteers offer Beaver Dam Community Hospitals Inc. and our communities all year long. "We're proud of our team and are delighted to spotlight their constant compassion for our community". The walking route is from the hospital to Eastside Park and back to the hospital.

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