Nurses Recognized for “Stretching” Their Professional Skills

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Nursing is its own reward.

But it’s just that much better when it comes with a limo ride and corsages.

A group of Tucson Medical Center nurses enjoyed a continental breakfast Friday morning before being whisked away in style to the Promise of Nursing Celebration at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort.

Those selected for the annual up-and-back trip, designed to kick off National Nurses Week, were those who received the Nurse of the Quarter recognitions in 2011, as well as those who were recognized with nursing excellence awards through the Professional Development Council.

The event this year includes a special tribute to Tucson nurses and community members affected by the January 2011 shooting at U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ “Congress on Your Corner” event.

On the way up to the inspirational event, Chief Nursing Officer Cheryl Young read the nominations for the nurse winners, It was a way to not only note their individual contributions, Young said, but to allow some bonding time for nurses from different specialty areas, from surgical care to leadership, who may otherwise never meet one another.

“We do it as a celebration for our outstanding nurses, who were recognized by their peers for meeting our core values every day,” Young said. “This is an opportunity where they can take a day, sit back and soak in all of the reasons they became a nurse in the first place.”

Ruth Luevano, who has been a nurse at TMC for the past five years, said she was surprised, but pleased, by the recognition.

“In my unit, it’s very easy to do a good job because everybody helps each other and really cares for the patients,” Luevano said, noting quality patient care is a team effort.

Cortney Brown, who cares for orthopaedic patients, said she’s enjoyed her four years as a nurse. “I just like taking care of people,” she explained, “and in particular, I really like bedside nursing.”

Nurses Week at Tucson Medical Center next week will offer a number of opportunities – from a laughter therapy session to a nursing conference — to recognize the work caregivers do here on a daily basis.

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