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

Perry, Iowa