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By Tufts Medical Center
| May 10, 2020
May 12, 2020 will be the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, an occasion traditionally celebrated as Nurses Day. Florence was known for changing the way nurses were perceived, including the way they practiced nursing care and created a safe environment when conditions were terrible during the Crimean War. As we reflect on current times, and what we all have been through together during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded as to how nurses continue to provide the highest level of care across all health care settings. Every day the nurses at Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children provide cause for celebration and thanks.
“We are making a difference in people’s lives, whether it’s becoming family when families can’t be there or helping patients get home.” – Sarah Brownell, RN/Cares for COVID patients
“When I have those moments where I’m feeling overwhelmed, all I have to do is round on the floors with the nurses and their energy and innovation completely recharges me.” – Diana Richardson, Chief Operations Officer and Incident Commander for COVID-19
“The courage, innovation and compassion of our nurses during this pandemic has been relentless and inspirational; they continue to exceed every expectation.” – Terry Hudson-Jinks, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Patient Experience Officer
“We have had to significantly change the way health care is delivered for the safety of our patients and our staff. Our innovative and talented nurses not only raised their hands to care for the many people with COVID-19 but they also have found new ways to deliver that care, keep people safe, and preserve the deep compassionate caring despite all of the barriers and physical distance that our patients have had to experience.” – Mike Apkon, MD, PhD, President and CEO
“In the current COVID crisis, visitor restrictions make many inpatients feel especially alone and isolated. Now, more than ever, nurses exemplify what it means to provide both care and comfort.” – Saul Weingart, MD. Chief Medical Officer