Published on Monday, May 7, 2018
Media Contact: Ruth Cummins
Nurses at the University of Mississippi Medical Center are special and often are specialized on top of that.
The 2,900 men and women employed as Medical Center nurses serve patients at Mississippi’s only academic medical center, setting them apart in their development and training. Only at UMMC, for example, will a nurse in the state care for organ and bone marrow transplant patients or the tiniest and sickest babies in Mississippi’s largest NICU.
“All of our nurses are leaders at the bedside, and it’s because of our training and our academic setting,” said Adrienne Murray, director of nursing quality, development and professional practice. “We are highly specialized and possess quality and talents that make us the elite workforce for the state of Mississippi.”
As the nation observes National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week, all of UMMC’s 10,000 employees and about 3,000 students are invited to join in a full week of events that highlight both care offered and those who deliver it.
National Hospital Week, sponsored by the UMMC Alliance, is a time to recognize the entire UMMC family for the heroic things members do every day for patients and each other. The celebration takes in campuses in Jackson, Grenada and Lexington and clinics in the metro area and throughout the state.
“Everyday Heroes” is the Medical Center’s theme for National Hospital Week. UMMC’s theme for National Nurses Week is “Healthy Nurse, Healthy You.”
Just some of the highlights:
This year’s gurney race has expanded to 22 five-person teams, each with its own unique and sometimes hilarious name. The winning team lays claim to the Golden Stethoscope; the last-place finisher will be saddled with the Slow Poke Sloth award and plenty of incentive to practice hard for the 2019 race.
BSC Flash, Batson Specialty Clinic; Chasing Zero, Chief Medical Officer’s office; 5 South Stampede, 5 South; Float Pool Firecrackers, nursing resource team; Frequent Flyers, Adult Emergency Department; Heavy Breathers, respiratory;
Hello Kidney, University Transplant; Heme Lightning, bone marrow transplant; Heroic Hearts, 5 Children’s; Kidney Stoners, 2 South; Legal Dealers, Pharmacy; Managers of Mayhem, adult managers; Pill Pushers, Pharmacy; Preemie Power, NICU; Rehab Rebels, rehabilitation services;
Rehab Rockets, rehabilitation services; Smooth Operators, Batson OR; SON All Stars, School of Nursing; Super Coders, UP charge review; Swole Patrol, MICU; Trach Masters, 4 North; and Wiser Warriors, 4 Wiser.
For information on National Nurses Week, contact Murray at email@example.com or 5-4878. For details on National Hospital Week, contact Cammie Breedlove at firstname.lastname@example.org or 4-4181.
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