I am excited to celebrate National Nurses Week with our One Amazing Team! It’s no secret that Texas Children’s is filled with the most incredibly passionate and dedicated nurses who give their all to ensure that our patients always receive the very best care possible.
Just before we kicked off this yearly celebration, Texas Children’s earned our 5th Magnet Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center! This is one of the world’s highest forms of distinction for nursing excellence and an extraordinary honor that was achieved because of our more than 4,000 nurses and their unwavering commitment to keeping our patients at the forefront of everything we do.
And in true Texas Children’s fashion, not only did our nurses receive this outstanding accomplishment, they were recognized for nine exemplars, including transformational leadership, nursing empowerment, exemplary professional practice, innovation & improvements. What an astounding achievement to celebrate during Nurses Week!
The theme for this year’s National Nurses Week is “Nurses make a difference: anytime, anywhere — always.” As I read this, it reminded me of my #1 Leadership Maxim: “Leadership always influences or determines outcomes — not some of the time, but all of the time.” At their core, Texas Children’s nurses embody this Maxim each and every day.
Over the years, many of our nurses have shared with me that this profession is a distinctive calling and truly a part of who they are as an individual. To be a nurse means to selflessly give of yourself day after day, and I remain immensely proud of our nursing leaders and staff for all they do for Texas Children’s and the families we serve.
To my nursing colleagues, thank you for choosing to answer this very special calling. I hope you know that your kindness, patience, compassion and goodness is truly changing the world.
As we continue celebrating National Nurses Week, I encourage you to thank a nurse and tell them how much they mean to you. Nursing is an incredibly tough and trying profession and I ask you to join me in my promise to support, advocate and be a light for all of our nurses.