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Kaiser Permanente Celebrates Nurse History

SAN DIEGO — May 6, 2021 — Kaiser Permanente San Diego joins many across the nation this week in memorializing the vital contributions the nursing profession has made and continues to make in our health care.

“Our patients have always needed nurses’ strength and compassion but never on such a grand scale,” said Kerry Forde, chief nurse executive for Kaiser Permanente San Diego, when reflecting on the extraordinary year of challenges during pandemic operations. “I’m extremely proud of the ongoing role our nurses serve in providing care to others.”

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. A trailblazing figure during her time, Nightingale is revered as the founder of modern nursing. She is admired for her tireless efforts to improve hospital conditions and provide rounding care for the wounded under unenviable circumstances.

In a note to physicians and employees throughout the San Diego service area, senior leadership shared the sentiment of recognizing that nursing is more than a career – it's a calling to a lifetime commitment to care for the ill. “Our nurses skillfully combine critical thinking with a personal connection to deliver exceptional care to our members, patients, and the San Diego community.”

Kaiser Permanente San Diego is raising celebration to their nurses this week and month through a myriad of gratitude communications and gestures.

“We really can’t say thank you enough for the unwavering commitment demonstrated year-round by our nurses,” said Forde. “It is with extreme appreciation that I recognize their resiliency as they continue to put patients first, even as they had their own equally challenging personal anxiety and concern this past year.”

Kaiser Permanente San Diego nurses represent a very diverse group of San Diego communities. Their families live, work, and go to school throughout the area and have been impacted alongside other San Diegan families during COVID closures.

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