National Nurses Week 2019: 94,000 Reasons to Celebrate

A female nurse hugging a young patient

This week marks one of HCA Healthcare’s most exciting annual celebrations: National Nurses Week. Nurses are the differentiators for our organization with more than 94,000-strong delivering patient-centered and compassionate care in communities across the country.

The theme of this year’s Nurses Week is “4 million reasons to celebrate”, honoring America’s 4 million registered nurses and members of our nation’s most-trusted profession.

One in every 50 nurses in America works at HCA Healthcare- more than any other organization in the country – and today we pause to recognize their invaluable contributions in the communities we serve and beyond.

‘Goodies’ for nurses

While discounts and deals are being offered to nurses across the globe this week, we are showing support to the men and women who make a positive impact in the lives of others by:

Growing nurse leaders

There are so many exciting opportunities for nurses inside HCA Healthcare, including leadership roles.

Take Regina Bartlett, for example. In June, she will be celebrating her 41st year as a nurse. She started as a medical-surgical registered nurse at Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Parkridge Medical Center in 1978.  By 2007, she advanced to her current position as Chief Executive Officer of Tristar Hendersonville Medical Center in Hendersonville, Tenn.

Woman in a red suit jacket. Headshot of Regina Bartlett.

Regina Bartlett began her nursing career at HCA Healthcare’s Parkridge Medical Center in 1978. Nearly 41 years later, Bartlett now serves as TriStar Hendersonville’s chief executive officer.

Stephanie Davis is another great example. She started as a staff perioperative nurse over 25 years ago and is now our Vice President of Surgical Services for the Operations and Service Line group. She is also the immediate past president for the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

HCA Healthcare “alumni” like Loressa Cole also have paved the leadership road outside of our organization.

Her journey took her from staff nurse in general medical-surgical to top nurse leadership roles at two HCA Healthcare Virginia hospitals to chief nurse officer at affiliate LewisGale Hospital Montgomery to become the ANA Enterprise CEO, an organizing platform of the American Nurses Association, American Nurses Credentialing Center and American Nurses Foundation.

Leaders like Regina, Stephanie and Loressa show that nurses not only embody commitment to patients but are also at the forefront of leading our nation’s healthcare system.

To all of the nurses past, present and future, thank you for representing our organization’s purpose on each shift and delivering healthier tomorrows every day, every time. Happy Nurses Week.

A collage of nurse photos that says Happy Nurses Week

Visit here for more information on nursing careers at HCA Healthcare.

In 1993, the American Nurses Association declared May 6-12 as the national week to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession. National Nurses Week is a time for everyone – individuals, employers, other health care professionals, community leaders, and nurses – to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses. Each year, the celebration ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

About HCA Healthcare

HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, is comprised of 182 hospitals and more than 2,300 sites of care, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Our more than 283,000 colleagues are connected by a single purpose — to give patients healthier tomorrows.

As an enterprise, we recognize the significant responsibility we have as a leading healthcare provider within each of the communities we serve, as well as the opportunity we have to improve the lives of the patients for whom we are entrusted to care. Through the compassion, knowledge and skill of our caregivers, and our ability to leverage our scale and innovative capabilities, HCA Healthcare is in a unique position to play a leading role in the transformation of care.

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