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May 6, 2014

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Washington Hospital Celebrates National Nurses Week

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hen you’re a patient in a hospital, many different individuals provide specific expertise for your care and recovery. But the individual a patient sees most often is a nurse. Nurses are there 24 hours a day, tending to patients, administering medications, overseeing monitoring systems, working with physicians, supporting families of patients and generally making sure the patient’s medical needs are met. May 6 – 12 is National Nurses Week, dedicated to honoring and celebrating contributions nurses make to patient care. At Washington Hospital, nurses will be honored and thanked on May 9 during a series of teas with the hospital’s senior executives. The theme of this year’s National Nurses Week is “Nurses Leading the Way…” which recognizes the growing leadership role nurses take in providing healthcare Washington Hospital nurses work as a team to provide the highest quality of care to patients. Together, these men and women are helping make our community healthier and services to a community. “Washington Hospital is proud stronger, one patient at a time. of its nursing staff,” Santos said. tient care and, in the community, nurses and “transformational” style of nursing nize and honor nurses as important leaders She noted that most Washington Hospiwork to educate patients, families and management every day throughout the year in meeting tal nurses have bachelor’s degrees in nursthe general public on ways to improve • Structural Empowerment — having the the nation’s health care needs. ing and have specialized certifications in health conditions and how to prevent structure in place for nurses to perform their field of study. Many also have mashealth deterioration from chronic disat the highest level ter’s degrees and some are PhDs. Most of eases. Nationally, nurses have been • Exemplary Professional Practice — the hospital’s nurses are affiliated with CEOs of hospital facilities, researchers this is a place where nurses take ownernational professional nursing organizaand members of state and federal legislaship of their practice and provide care tions and participate in continuing edutures and administrations, Santos added. at an advanced level cation programs to keep current with Because of the outstanding work by the • New Knowledge, Innovation and developments in nursing and medicine. hospital’s nurses, Washington Hospital has Improvements — nurses never stop In keeping with this years theme, Sanbeen recognized as a “Magnet Hospital” by trying to make their practice better tos noted that nurses “lead the way” in the American Nurses Credentialing Cenand use evidence-based knowledge to many ways. Nurses provide leadership at ter. Being named a “Magnet Hospital” is improve satisfaction and outcomes the patient care level, helping to direct pathe highest of awards and one few hospi• Empirical Quality Results — outtient care, taking on evidence-based projtals achieve. comes are measured in a scientific way ects to improve patient outcomes, Santos said magnet hospitals are differWhile National Nurses Week puts providing leadership in hospitals to imWashington Hospital nurses work as a team to provide the ent than the typical hospital and focus on a specific spotlight on nurses, Santos prove the physical environment of care. five distinct attributes: said, Washington Hospital invites all highest quality of care to patients. Together, these men and At the bedside, nurses provide expert women are helping make our community healthier and • Transformational Leadership — effective members of the community to recog- stronger, one patient at a time. knowledge of disease treatment and pa-

Learn about Painful Knee Arthritis—One of Our Most Disabling Conditions May 14 class on treatment options is free and open to the public Knee arthritis is one of the top five most disabling conditions for American adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). A 2010 study by the CDC found that nearly half, or 46 percent, of all Americans are likely to develop symptoms of knee arthritis some time during their life. The study also reported that nearly two in three obese adults may develop knee arthritis. continued on page 9

To help the community better understand one of the top five most disabling conditions for American adults – Knee Arthritis – the Washington Women’s Center is holding a free class on Wednesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. The seminar will feature Washington Township Medical Foundation’s sports medicine and fellowship-trained physiatrist Michael Goldin, M.D. The forum is open to the public and will be held in the Women’s Center Conference Room in the Washington West building next to Washington Hospital, 2500 Mowry Ave., Suite 145, in Fremont. To reserve your spot, go online to www.whhs.com/event/class-registration or call (800) 963-7070.

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