We pre-recorded today’s conversation as part of our monthly Community Health Partnership with Valley Health to talk about nursing and “The Year of the Nurse.” The World Health Organization and American Nurses Association deemed 2020 Year of the Nurse, then extended it through 2021 in recognition of a uniquely challenging year.

Joining me for the conversation: Anne Whiteside, Chief Nursing Officer at Winchester Medical Center; Terri Mayes, Chief Nursing Officer at Warren Memorial Hospital; and, Sharon Rigney, Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Winchester Medical Center.

We discussed the broad path nursing provides to those seeking a career in healthcare. The women also told us how things have changed during their career both in healthcare, technology and culture. We talked about the changes they’ve seen/helped promote in nursing practice and empowerment at Valley Health.

We also learned about Winchester Medical Center and Warren Memorial Hospital’s designations that attest to the positive nursing practice environment: WMC has been a Magnet hospital since 2008; and WMH is 1 of 9 Pathway to Excellence hospitals in VA.

Last month, assorted employees and grateful patients contributed to this brief Valley Health nurse appreciation video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_DBj6C_LP8