Providence celebrates nurses and releases new video 

Providence Health & Services held its first annual distinguished nursing lectureship on August 25 to celebrate Providence nursing. This first event coincided with the International Year of the Nurse, commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the death of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.

In honor of Nightingale, the theme for the first lecture was Providence Nursing: A World of Caring and featured the distinguished Dr. Marla Salmon, dean of the University of Washington’s School of Nursing and an international expert on caring around the world.
“We were honored that Dr. Salmon came to speak and share her reflections on Providence nursing and the legacy of both the Sisters of Providence and Florence Nightingale,” said Deborah Burton, vice president and chief nursing officer, Providence Health & Services. “Dr. Salmon’s career has been dedicated to advancing excellence in nursing and she has a unique perspective on the value of faith-based health care.”

Dr. Salmon is currently a member of the Nursing Commission for the Joint Commission on Healthcare Accreditation and has recently been invited to serve on the National Institute of Health's Nursing Advisory Council for the National Institute for Nursing Research.

Dr. Salmon also served as senior editor for the book, Nurse: A World of Caring. She states, “"This book is a tribute to nurses and an urgent plea. Today, at a time when nursing offers a solution to so many of the world's most pressing health care challenges, the profession that is synonymous with caring is itself in need of care.”

Also featured at the event was the release of a video, dedicated to Providence nurses during the International Year of the Nurse. “We wanted to produce this video to both recognize and thank Providence nurses for their contributions to our Mission of caring and healing,” said Burton.

Also speaking at the event, was John Koster, MD, president and chief executive officer, Providence Health & Services. “Nurses all across the Providence system are a part of driving accountability for excellence and quality of care,” said Koster. “Every day, Providence nurses continue the tradition of the Sisters of Providence by responding to the call to care for patients.”

The event was broadcast across the Providence system as a video conference at 26 ministries in Alaska, Washington, Montana, Oregon and California. Next year’s lectureship will be held in May, during National Nurses Week.

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