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University of Iowa News Release

May 2, 2003

UI Hospitals And Clinics To Celebrate Nurses Week May 6-12

The work of more than 1,200 nursing professionals at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and their colleagues across the nation is the focus of this year's National Nurses Week, celebrated annually May 6-12 throughout the United States.

"Nurses: Lifting Spirits, Touching Lives" is the theme for 2003. Nurses at UI Hospitals and Clinics will get an early start Monday, May 5 with a special event in the East Room on the eighth level of the John Colloton Pavilion. The event will include massage therapy, Healing Touch, CHAMPS (Cardiovascular Health, Assessment, Management and Prevention Service), a display about the Magnet Hospital initiative, informatics and Web demonstrations, an Employee Assistance Program booth, and information about pet therapy.

On Wednesday, May 7, candy bags will be distributed to nursing units. Drawings for daily prizes will take place throughout the week. Advertisements in local newspapers and a display in the main lobby will also honor and thank nurses for their dedication to high quality patient care.

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as "RN Recognition Day," and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. Today, there are approximately 2.7 million registered nurses in the United States.

Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures and Congress, nursing professionals are meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009.

CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.