Hill Country Memorial (HCM) prepares to celebrate National Nurses Week, beginning Thursday, May 6 and ending Wednesday, May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
HCM Chief Nursing Officer Robin Duderstadt, RN, said the week provides a special opportunity to recognize nurses for positively influencing the lives they touch and raise awareness among those who feel called to the profession.
"Nurses work in many different settings and serve in a variety of roles, but they all share a single focus on keeping patients safe by providing quality care," Mrs. Duderstadt said. "Common to all nurses is a sense of calling to help make the lives of others better through healing."
HCM has over 300 nurses, and Mrs. Duderstadt said a nurse following a calling is a path originally inspired by Florence Nightingale, detailed in the Hippocratic Oath and continues to be carefully nurtured at the hospital. "The nurses at Hill Country Memorial are here because they genuinely care for their family, friends, and neighbors. They are called to give to others, they are committed to quality and safety, and they are dedicated to making lives better."
The nurse Hippocratic Oath was composed in 1893 by Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and a committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses in Detroit, MI. It was called the Florence Nightingale Pledge as a token of esteem for the founder of modern nursing.
I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.
Ms. Duderstadt said nurses are involved in healing, maintaining health and preventing illness. She said while clinical and technical skills have far surpassed those required in 1893, "the heart and the passion required to be a nurse still remains in those who are called to this profession."
She said nursing, like every profession, has difficult days, but you see many patients recover from difficult situations. "It’s on those days that you feel grateful and fulfilled, and you understand what it truly means to be called."