At HSHS St. John’s Hospital, nurses are vital to the patient experience and make a clear difference in the quality and well-being of patients’ lives. Each nurse has a compelling story to share about how their work directly impacts patients. Nursing is about building relationships, promoting health, restoring hope and saving lives. Each day presents the opportunity to impact someone's life, making everyone's role more meaningful.

On this special occasion of National Nurses Week, which marks the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, St. John’s would like to take the opportunity to thank and recognize the nurses who serve the people in central Illinois each day with respect, care, competence and joy. St. John’s Hospital celebrates its nurses who, day in and day out, support the health of our community through their compassionate care, constant innovation and unwavering, unmatched dedication.

Nursing professionals are a valuable and instrumental part of the hospital. Nurses often work long hours, away from their families, because they want to save lives, help the sick heal and assist in providing exceptional care. They are the heartbeat of hospitals. They are the women and men who are at the bedside caring for the well-being of not only their patients, and the patients’ families as well.

St. John’s nurses provide lifesaving care in the emergency department, help care for our smallest and newest patients at St. John’s Children’s Hospital, provide heartfelt care to patients in the Prairie Heart Institute and partner with families as they transition patients home, among many other things.

Nurses at St. John’s are compassionate, respectful and resilient. They are focused and caring. They work hard as a team. They make a difference. St. John’s nurses understand that nursing is more than just a job. It is a full-time mission to uphold our values of respect, care, competence and joy with every patient and family they care for at St. John’s. This selfless profession provides everything from behind the scenes work to hands-on patient care and opportunities to impact a patient’s life while restoring them to health.

At St. John’s, the commitment to nursing is as strong as the hospital’s roots in the Springfield community. Founded in 1875 by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, St. John’s Hospital continues to provide outstanding care to every patient. St. John’s College of Nursing began in 1886 and is among the first Catholic hospital-based schools of nursing. The college of nursing continues to be a leader in nursing education today. St. John’s tradition of excellent nursing care in the Springfield area is something to admire.

National Nurses Week was developed to raise public awareness of the value of nursing as a profession and to help educate the community about the vital role nurses play in meeting the health care needs of the community. To help fulfill that purpose, please thank and celebrate the wonderful nursing professionals who have positively impacted your life and who work every day to give patients the most exceptional health care in central Illinois.

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HSHS Illinois
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