On May 6, 2013 we begin the recognition for National Nurses Week. We pay tribute to all the
nurses in the nation, state and particularly our community who deliver quality care in a variety of
settings. Florence Nightingale was credited as the woman who started nursing; she was devoted
to her calling and committed to patient dignity. As one reflects on the life and work of this
woman it is with pride that her values are demonstrated in nurses today with their unwavering
focus on the patient. Health care today has many challenges and the opportunity to continue to
increase the standards of performance for all patients.
All nurses should be proud of their work, proud of their profession, proud of their organization
and proud of themselves.
Join me in saluting the outstanding nursing professionals in our community who are extremely
devoted to their calling of providing the best care and compassion to the patients they serve.
Donna Vandehaar, RN, MBA
Chief Clinical Officer
Dallas County Hospital