Honoring Our Exceptional Nursing Teams

May 7, 2021 | (17) Comments

Yesterday, on May 6—the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday—we began our annual celebration of Nurses Week. As you may remember, last year was named the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife due to the extraordinary efforts of everyone in this field. The demanding circumstances from 2020 have carried through to this year, as we know, and so it is well warranted that The World Health Organization (WHO) announced an extension of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife through 2021 as a way to continue to honor our nurses and healthcare heroes.

At Texas Children’s Hospital, this is a very special week where we formally recognize the amazing work, courage and dedication that nurses embody day in and night out. There is no doubt in my mind that the Texas Children’s nursing team is the absolute best. Together, these remarkable men and women truly create the compassionate, welcoming and supportive atmosphere that our patients and their families need during their time at Texas Children’s.

The challenges that this past year presented included some of which we never thought we’d face in our lifetime. Our patients, especially those with month-long stays, often felt isolated and alone while in the hospital.

However, in the midst of it all, our nurses didn’t skip a beat on showing our patients that they are never alone. Nurses are the support system to a parent who is having to make difficult decisions, the playmate of a patient who needs a friend, and the confidant of their colleagues.

The impact that our nearly 3,700 nurses have had on our entire organization, the flexibility shown with every policy change during the pandemic, all while demonstrating compassionate care and exhibiting courage is, to say the least, incredible. Being on the front lines of this public health crisis has only reemphasized the critical role our nurses serve. My number 1 leadership maxim, “leadership always influences or determines outcomes—not some of the time, but all of the time” is undeniably represented through the amazing leadership and unwavering commitment our nurses provide to Texas Children’s patients each and every day.

We would not be who we are without our incredible nursing staff.

Nursing is a challenging and demanding profession, and while it is rewarding to see patients thrive, I know that not every day is a success story. To every nurse who is currently serving—or has previously served—our patients, I thank you for your tireless commitment through every high and every low. I am tremendously proud of your accomplishments and I hope you are too.

As we honor our nursing front line warriors this year, I ask that you join me and thank our nurses for all they do in leading our #OneAmazingTeam.

 

 

17 Responses to “Honoring Our Exceptional Nursing Teams”

  1. Ileana G. Valdez Villegas

    Thank you for your kind words. I am humbled and honored to be part of this #OneAmazingTeam–a personal goal of mine, 4 years in the making.

  2. Frank Stowell

    TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL NURSES ARE THE BEST!!!
    Happy Nurses Week!
    Thank you for your excellent work and sacrifices while providing outstanding care to those patients in need.
    Blessings to all.

  3. Denise Tanner-Brown

    Thank you Mr. Wallace for honoring are nursing teams during this special week. We are incredibly blessed to work for an organization that celebrates our contribution to patient care and values the expertise we bring to the table. Nurses are resilient and compassionate and this week allows time for us to reflect on our “why”; the reason we became nurses in the first place. My “why” has never changed and that is to make difference and hopefully put a smile on someone’s face.

    Thanks for everything you do for nursing!
    Denise

  4. Denise Jimenez

    Thank you to all our hardworking nursing teams. I truly appreciate all the hard work and dedication you have for our TCHP Health Plan members and patients. #OneTrulyAmazingTeam

  5. Karen Sripan

    Thank you Mr. Wallace for acknowledging our incredible nurses and the work we do every day! Our nurses are so lucky to have you and your strong partnership with us!

    To all the amazing nurses at TCH, I would like to recognize, honor, and celebrate all you have done to keep our patients healthy and our teams strong. For all the sacrifices you are making, the care and dedication you are showing, and the compassion you are delivering to each other and our patients, I appreciate every single one of you!

  6. Juanna Brandon

    Thank you so much for recognizing the role nursing plays in the organization. I am truly proud to be apart of the Texas Children’s family. Thank you for your tireless leadership, value, and role you help play to make us feel appreciated and loved. As a nurse, I absolutely love caring for the patients and family we serve. It is an honor and privilege. #oneamazingteam

  7. Cortnee Allison

    Happy Nurses Week!! I want to thank each and everyone of you for making the sacrifice to be a hero. It is so great to see wonderful men and women caring for someone when they need it most. As a CMA, I look to you as a future nurse and have learned how important it is to keep striving and be able to help someone more than what I am doing now. Thank you

  8. Jennifer Sanders

    It has been both an honor and privilege to serve as a nurse and nursing leader at Texas Children’s for the past 20 years. We have a strong legacy of excellence that we are building upon each day. I cannot wait to see all that we will accomplish together. Happy Nurses’ Week!

  9. Jackie Ward

    Mr. Wallace
    Thank you for such an inspiring blog about our nurses. All 3700 have such a high commitment and dedication to TCH and I am proud of each of them for their efforts over this past year and everyday. They have led strong! We have the best nursing team!

  10. Monica Banes

    Mr. Wallace, thank you for your amazing leadership and unwavering support for Nursing at TCH! I am a 20 year nursing employee and cannot imagine life without my TCH family. It is because of the #One AmazingTeam that we are able to care for our patients and each other during good times and bad. Ambulatory Nursing thanks you for all your support!

  11. Shannon Zerber

    Mr. Wallace – Thank you for highlighting our incredible Nursing team! The steadfast way our nurses show up to care for our patients and families inspires me every day. I am thankful for the support Texas Children’s gives Nursing and excited to see what’s next!

  12. Karla Abela

    Mr. Wallace, Thank you for recognizing the tireless work of our nursing team. You’re exactly right; nurses did not stop when the rest of the world stood still. It is truly an honor to get to work alongside such a courageous, hard-working, and passionate group of people.

  13. Heather Cherry

    What a privilege to be part of the best nursing team in the country! Reflecting back on the last year presented many challenges but our incredible nursing team stepped up in so many countless ways. Our nurses are true superheros who have lead patient care in the most amazing way! I am excited to see our nursing team grow in the months and years to come!

  14. Deitra Brown

    Thank you for acknowledging the exceptional work of the nursing team at TCH. We are able to be the best because of the organization’s investment in nursing and recognition of the value of the nurses on the frontline. Glad to be a part of this #oneamazingteam.

  15. Dionne Jane Walker, MSN, RNC-OB

    Mr. Wallace, you summed up “2020 Nursing and beyond” in three words: flexibility, courage and compassion! Our nursing teams have adapted, adjusted and re-adapted without missing a beat! We are #oneamazingteam! Thank you for recognizing us and celebrating our “adaptability” all while caring for our patients, our families and EACH OTHER! Thank you for acknowledging us as part of the engine that drives TCH! We appreciate your unwavering support!

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