May 5, 2006

Week of activities set to honor VUMC nurses

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Week of activities set to honor VUMC nurses

Hundreds of activities are planned campus-wide next week to recognize the strongcommitment and outstanding contributions of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's 2,200 nurses.

Nurses Week kicks off with the Blessing of the Hands on Sunday, May 7, a ceremony that will be repeated several times throughout the week at several locations. There will also be opportunities to participate in other activities such as the Unit/Clinic board and research poster displays and roving (and stationed) ice cream carts.

New this year, the Nurses Week Speaker's Bureau has scheduled more than 130 unit presentations.

Topics address a wide variety of issues important to the health and happiness of nurses, such as avoiding burnout, ethics in nursing, understanding finances, creating work/life boundaries, and eating on the run, just to name a few.

Additional presentations focus on trends in specific areas of nursing and health care including emerging infectious diseases, arrhythmia, evidence-based care in nursing, diabetes management and more.

The State of Nursing address and annual award presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, at 10 a.m. in 208 Light Hall, with a reception immediately following.

Chief Nursing Officer Marilyn Dubree will discuss the latest nursing-related information and VUMC's pursuit of Magnet Recognition.

Many of the events and presentations will be repeated throughout the week in order to accommodate the varied work schedules and shifts. More information about specific dates, times and locations is available from nursing supervisors.

For more information on VUMC's Nurses Week activities, go to: and