Apr 262013

Random acts of kindness go a long way toward putting a smile on someone’s face and reshaping a not-so-great day into a special memory that impacts not just the recipient but everyone that person comes in contact with that day.

Next week, imagine how many people you can touch by taking a moment to thank a nurse for a job well-done. First, you will bring a smile to the nurse. Then, the nurse will unknowingly share that smile with patients and colleagues throughout the day and those people will pass the gesture along to the people they interact with. In a busy clinic or hospital, your simple “thank you” to a nurse will touch hundreds of people.

We celebrate National Nurse’s Week in early May to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Just as Nightingale tirelessly cared for soldiers during the Crimean War (1853-1856), our nurses care for all types of patients—some are very sick and others are generally healthy.

Make plans to surprise a nurse with a random act of kindness during Nurse’s Week and know that your thoughtful expression will not only make the nurse’s day, but you will share kindness with many people who may need a boost. You will never know it, but your actions may help a patient overcome a frightening diagnosis or help a young family cope with grief. What a terrific way to say thank you and honor our nurses!

Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean & Professor
ECU College of Nursing

May 112012

Year after year, Gallop polls rank nurses as the most trusted professionals. In 2011, nurses topped the list again with 84 percent of survey respondents ranking nurses’ honesty and ethical standards “very high” or “high.”

Such high praise transcends centuries, dating back to Florence Nightingale’s days improving care for soldiers during the Crimean War (1853-1856). Today, the ECU College of Nursing builds on her legacy by teaching students to maintain the high ethical and quality care standards she pioneered so long ago.

We celebrate National Nurse’s Week May 6-12 to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nursing programs take special pride in Nurse’s Week because the week-long celebration usually coincides with spring graduation.

On May 4, 2012 ECU College of Nursing celebrated the graduation of 118 new nurses. These graduates will soon take their licensing exam and join this well-respected profession. Coupled with the fall class, ECU graduates more new nurses each year than any school in North Carolina.

No matter where you receive health care in North Carolina, you are likely to run into a Pirate Nurse. Pirate Nurses have a long history of excellence, and we are confident that the newest Pirate Nurses will earn your “most trusted” vote as well!