CEO Message: Nurses Week 2017
For the 15th year in a row, nursing topped the list of most-trusted professions in the United States. In polling results released by the Gallup organization last December, 84 percent of the public rated nurses as “high” or “very high” when it came to honesty and ethical standards. Health care providers earned four spots in the top five most trusted professions — and nurses are at the pinnacle of that list.
For anyone who works in health care, these are affirming statistics but not surprising ones. Trust is the bedrock of the nursing profession. About one-third of our workforce at MultiCare consists of nurses, and we benefit from these amazing people every single day — in myriad ways.
Our nurses quickly and effectively develop and nurture relationships with patients, family members and the other members of our care teams. Nurses are persistent in seeking effective responses to the tasks and challenges they confront.
Nurses wholeheartedly share in our mission — I know this personally and I see it throughout our organization. Nurses can be direct and objective, even stern. They can be sympathetic and appreciative. They are, by nature and training, consoling and caring. Compassion defines and motivates them. They set high standards for themselves and constantly strive to meet them. It is no wonder that our patients trust them and that we depend on them.
National Nurses Day has become one of the largest workday celebrations in American life. National Nurses Day was Saturday, May 6, and anchors Nurses Week, culminating in the commemoration of Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12. It is a privilege for us to recognize the contributions of the 3.1 million nurses here in the United States and to show our gratitude to the thousands of nurses who are an important part of our MultiCare family.
Are you a nurse? Thank you! Thank you for bringing the best of yourself to the mission of partnering for healing and a healthy future. On May 6, and all through Nurses Week, we honor your defining role in health care and express our gratitude and appreciation for what you do so faithfully every day.
About The Author
Bill Robertson has served as MultiCare's President and CEO since May 2014. He came from Adventist HealthCare, Inc., based in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Prior to Adventist, Robertson served as CEO of Shawnee Mission Medical Center near Kansas City, Kansas. More stories by this author