Hospital patients and their families see nurses more than any other professional in a hospital, and this week is all about recognizing the work they do. West Virginia University Health Care Nurses gathered Wednesday evening at Dorsey Knob Park for a tree planting to highlight WVU's Health Care Nurses Week celebrations.
At Ruby Memorial Hospital, their theme is “Restoring Life Throughout Our Community.” Nurses said they hope the tree planting ceremony tied in the WVU Health Care and the community by planting the tree at the park and having the community involved. They said they hope the tree is a symbol where people can come and reflect on life and be restored from within.
The WVU Nurses and Retention and Recruitment Team Nurses bought the tree for $300 from Riches Farm. The team pooled their money from their own pockets to provide the tree for others to enjoy.
"It is very important to have this tree dedicated here today, one its overlooking this beautiful children's playground, its going to provide shade in future years, might be teeny tiny now, but in the future its going to be truly and abundant beautiful tree for everyone," said Jessica Taylor, Co-Chair Recruitment and Retention Nursing Council representative.
Taylor also said that each unit within WVU Health Care has hosted different activities throughout the week. They even participated in the blessing of the hands that is provided by chaplain services within the hospital.
Also at Fairmont general hospital, the theme for national nurses week is “Leading the Way” to show nurses as leaders at the bedside, in the boardroom and throughout the community.
"It's just a small way that we can express our gratitude and it's meaningful for me to do that on behalf of the hospital and behalf of the other employees and patients to thank them and to recognize that they are gifted and skilled in so many ways and they offer so much to our patients,” said Allison Anderson.
Each local area hospital's will continue to host different activities throughout the rest of the week in honor of National Nurses Week.