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Kremmling " You can celebrate Nurses Week, too

Eric Murray/Voice of Your Hospital

Nurses at Kremmling Memorial Hospital are celebrating National Nurses Week, and the public is invited to get free blood pressure checks or discuss the field of nursing as a possible career option.

The theme this year is, “Making a difference every day.”

The purpose of National Nurses Week, which coincides with the birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting health care needs.

In honor of the dedication, commitment and tireless effort of the nearly 2.7 million registered nurses nationwide to promote and maintain the health of this nation, KMHD is proud to recognize registered nurses everywhere for the quality work they provide seven days a week, 365 days a year.

“I’m proud to be a KMHD nurse and I salute all nurses everywhere,” said Ellen Parri, Chief Nursing Officer of Kremmling Memorial Hospital.

Kremmling Memorial Hospital employs approximately 30 nurses, and the need for more nurses in the future is predicted to rise based on the planned growth of hospital services that will strive to respond to growing health care demand.

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Parri reminds people that as the baby boomers age and their health care needs increase, the demand for nurses will also grow.

“Nurses will be needed not only in family practice and hospital settings in growing numbers, but in specialized areas of medicine such as emergency departments, long term care facilities, pediatrics and geriatrics,” she said.

Parri encourages interest in the nursing profession as it is not only rewarding and in demand for the foreseeable future but also very versatile.

“You could begin your nursing career working in long term care and later move on to something else such as trauma, surgical, geriatric or even administration. The possibilities are truly endless,” Parri said.

Not to mention these specialized health care skills are transferable nationally and even internationally in some cases. It seems a person choosing a nursing career would always have the option of providing a variety of care in a variety of locations while always being in demand.

Basic economic principles dictate that the market pays more in wages and benefits if the demand exceeds supply. Nursing appears to be a field worth investigating for compassionate people who are looking for a career with so much going for it.

To make arrangements for tours or to have career conversations with nurses call 724-3442. Blood pressure checks can be arranged by calling or simply walking in to the business office at the hospital and making the request.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for people to come in, see our facility, have their blood pressure checked and learn what our nurses do on a daily basis,” said Cindy Callihan, Nurse manager.

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