May 6th has long been the start of National Nurses Week, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic the event has been expanded to honor nurses everywhere for the whole month of May, 2020. ANA Enterprise (a family of organizations that is composed of the American Nurses Association [ANA], the American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC], and the American Nurses Foundation [ANF]), made it a month-long celebration to highlight the extraordinary work nurses are doing every day.
A series of four, week-long themed events throughout the month of May will be held nationwide to expand opportunities to elevate and celebrate nursing, with themes like self care and professional development. Major corporations have also given nurses access to free or discounted products for the month, like food, clothing and shoes, and gas for their cars.
“It is with great pride that I take this opportunity during this special time of celebration to thank the ProgenyHealth nursing team for their dedication and commitment to their profession,” says Madeline Szabo, a registered nurse and Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations at ProgenyHealth. “We would like to honor and celebrate our ProgenyHealth nursing team for their continued contributions to the mission of our organization, particularly in these challenging times. Improving the health outcomes of premature and medically complex newborns through provider collaboration and parental engagement remains a singular focus for our dedicated nurses, using their clinical expertise every day to drive better health outcomes for these vulnerable infants.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a tremendous strain on the healthcare system in the United States and has placed nurses directly on the front lines of the crisis. With selflessness and courage, nurses across the country are battling the pandemic, and ProgenyHealth nurses are hard at work ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the NICU babies we manage for our clients nationwide. Patricia Gispert, a ProgenyHealth nurse, says that NICU families are facing a whole new set of challenges because of COVID-19. “I had a family that had just brought home a NICU baby before the pandemic started. Dad was a FedEx delivery driver, and while his job was secure, the family didn’t want to risk him continuing to work and potentially bring the virus home to this vulnerable infant. Suddenly, a hardworking individual is out of a job with bills to pay and a NICU baby to care for.” That is where Patricia stepped in, using her experience as a nurse to connect this family to invaluable resources like food and diapers, as well as financial assistance.
“Our nurses work collaboratively with their internal and external peers to ensure NICU infants and their families have the best start in life possible,” says Madeline. “Our ProgenyHealth nurses inspire me every day. If I had a vote, I would say we need to celebrate nurses and the nursing profession every day! So Happy Nurse’s Week…Month…Year!”
To learn more about how you can support nurses this and every month of the year, including supporting the American Nurses Foundation, click here.
Dr. Steven Richardson is the Chief Medical Officer at ProgenyHealth