Winneshiek County Nurse-A-Palooza
Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s millions of nurses work to save lives and improve the health of their patients. This year all Winneshiek County nursing staff from every organization in the county, are invited to celebrate a special event created just for them – the first Nurse-A-Palooza!
Nurse-A-Palooza will be held at the Danan Lansing building on the Decorah fairgrounds on Wednesday, May 10 beginning at 5:30 p.m. “All Winneshiek County nursing staff – past, present and future – are invited to attend the event,” says Sue Heitman, Winneshiek Medical Center chief nursing officer. “There will be free refreshments (donated by area providers), prizes and a short program featuring local nurses – it’s really going to be a fun event.”
Earlier this year, area Directors of Nursing formed a work group to create a way to recognize the many nursing staff who provide care in Winneshiek County. The group included Sue Heitman of Winneshiek Medical Center, Krista VandenBrink from Winneshiek County Public Health, Bonnie Sterling from Wellington Place, Brenda Johnson of Aase Haugen Homes, Alison Bishop from Eastern Star and Dawn French from Ossian Senior Hospice. “Our goal is to work together to recognize the tremendous contributions nurses play in our lives,” says Heitman. “So we created an awareness event to encourage all nursing staff to take a pause in 2017 to care for themselves, as they do for so many others.”
In addition to the Nurse-A-Palooza event, staff from each organization are encouraged to take part in a National Nurses Week Drive-to-Provide service project by donating items for people who seek assistance and a safe haven through Helping Services of Northeast Iowa. Needed items will be collected at each organization and the delivery is a planned part of the event on May 10.
National Nurses week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.