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National Nurses Week

Posted on 05/8/2013

I'm proud to be a registered nurse. I always have been. I feel it is such an honorable profession. Once a nurse, always a nurse. From the first day I set foot on the campus of Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D. until the day I last helped my husband Kelly in his medical practice in Marseilles, Ill. I still consider myself a nurse. I guess I always will. In fact, I still keep up my nursing license...just in case, you never know.

Since this week is National Nurses Week, I wanted to salute all the nurses out there who do so much to help their patients every day. Nurses work in many roles today from medical practices, schools and institutions, businesses, insurance industry, and many more. They truly are the backbone of the medical community.

With an education in nursing the possibilities are almost endless. Look at where I'm at, at 81 years old? I would never have imagined when I was a young nurse that I would be doing what I'm doing today. I'm still helping people with their health, just in another capacity. 

Nursing can open doors to so many things in life. If you are thinking about a career change (or, if you have a youngster entering college), it couldn't be a better time to consider nursing. There's a shortage in this country, and it's only going to get worse. For years I've been predicting this and said there's only one thing that can solve the shortage of nurses.  Funds to pay teachers and for equipment needed to learn on. You can learn almost anything else on a computer, but nursing and medicine is another story. It is rather expensive equipment.

Years ago I was on a committee for a nursing trade group, they were very focused on scholarships and getting much needed funds to students interested in nursing. I said that was the wrong approach. What we need is to have more faculty to teach the students interested in studying nursing, and the proper equipment. There are places near and afar that wait list students for years...1, 2, 3 or more who are interested in studying nursing. Why? Nobody to teach the classes and not enough equipment. This is a shame.

In my opinion, many places are doing a great job with their nursing programs. Locally, Illinois Valley Community College offers a wonderful RN program. I just wish more programs existed like IVCC, or we wouldn't have a shortage of nurses like we do today.

In case you didn't know it, National Nurses Week is celebrated each year from May 6th, National Nurses Day, through May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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