On May 11, 2021, Fairview Park Hospital celebrated nurses throughout their organization during International Nurses Week. An annual tradition and celebration dedicated to the care, service, and dedication of nurses, nurses throughout the hospital gathered to celebrate each other and their commitment to patient care.

The year 2020 was named “The Year of the Nurse” in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Florence Nightingale. Nightingale was the pioneer of modern nursing. Recruited to build an army of nurses in the face of the Crimean War in 1853, Nightingale is the picture of bravery, competence, knowledge, and excellence in nursing in the face of adversity.

Nurses from each department were recognized for their exceptional caregiving and the excellence they exhibit daily throughout the hospital. The Nursing Excellence Awards were presented to: Emily Zueck, RN in the PCU (Progressive Care Unit); Amy Ward, RN, BSN in the Rehab Unit; Sharon Wood, RN in Cath Lab; Brittany Swain, RN in Women’s Services; and Erika Steptoe, RN in the OR.

Along with the Nursing Excellence Award, Sharon Wood, RN in the Cath Lab, was also recognized as Nurse of the Year. Each year, this award is presented to the nurse who has exhibited the highest level of dedication to patient care and commitment to the mission of Fairview Park Hospital. This year’s recipient received high praises of the ultimate dedication, especially showing the highest level of care during “The Year of the Nurse”.