We just approved the final plans for a beautiful wall display that will grace the hospital lobby. The "Nightingale Nurse of the Year" display will celebrate those nurses who are chosen each year for their dedicated and professional approach to the art of nursing at HGH. So far, two beautiful ladies have been chosen: Diane Nevis, LPN, and Pam Ruark, RN. This May, we will add the third name to the list that we hope will grow yearly for generations to come. It's takes a special person to not just provide physical care to a patient, but to care for their soul as well. When our patients come to us, they are vulnerable and afraid and hurting, and our nursing staff is there to provide relief in so many, many ways. Consider the language on our new display. We think it says everything about Diane and Pam and those who will follow in their footsteps.
"Florence Nightingale was a celebrated English nurse, writer and statistician who came to prominence for her pioneering work in nursing during the Crimean War where she tended to wounded soldiers. Nightingale was dubbed 'The Lady with the Lamp' after her habit of making rounds at night. Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment, in 1860, of her nursing school at St Thomas' Hospital in London, the first secular nursing school in the world, now part of King's College London. The Nightingale Pledge taken by new nurses was named in her honor, and the annual International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on her birthday. Humboldt General Hospital's "Nightingale Nurse of the Year Award" was created to recognize nurses who, like Nightingale, go above and beyond in their duties, who go out of their way to provide exceptional care, who elevate themselves and their profession through education and knowledge, and who can innovate by coming up with new and better ideas. The award is particularly meant for those nurses who inspire, elevate, innovate and energize—who, in their own special way, are their own 'Lady with the Lamp" in the way they illuminate the art of nursing in Humboldt County."