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Dear Editor:

Each day — and around the clock — more than 5,000 nurses provide skilled, compassionate care to the 3 million residents served by Geisinger’s hospitals and clinics. These dedicated women and men, and their 4 million colleagues nationwide, are truly the foundation of our healthcare system.

During National Nurses Week, held May 6–12, the Geisinger family honors the nurses who comfort and care for our patients during their most challenging times, and who celebrate the happy events, too. But nursing is more than bedside care. Today, nurses are at the forefront of groundbreaking research, and — at Geisinger — serve as key partners in our shift toward an emphasis on preventive care that keeps people healthier and living at home longer.

The week, which always concludes on Florence Nightingale’s birth date, recognizes the changes that have taken place since Ms. Nightingale began revolutionizing healthcare nearly 200 years ago. Yet while aspects of the profession continue to evolve, nursing will at heart remain a calling that draws a special type of person — one who is willing to commit to a lifetime of learning, empathetic communication and caring for each patient as an individual.

As the leader of nursing at Geisinger Holy Spirit, I’m proud to be part of a community of highly trained, thoughtful and dedicated nurses who are integral to our delivery of quality, compassionate care. And I encourage anyone who would like to make a real difference in others’ lives to explore nursing as a career.

I also invite everyone to join the Geisinger family as we express our deep appreciation for the nurses who consistently do more than what is asked of them, providing not just lifesaving care day and night, but offering the heartfelt, personal attention that each patient deserves.

Gloria Santos

Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Geisinger Holy Spirit

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