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ETMC Crockett celebrates nursing week

CROCKETT, TEXAS – On Friday, May 6, ETMC Crockett will join the American Nurses Association in celebrating “Nurses Trusted to Care,” as part of National Nurses Week, which is held May 6 - May 12, every year.

The purpose of “Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow” is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of the American people.

In honor of the dedication, commitment and tireless effort of the nearly 3.1 million nurses nationwide to promote and maintain the health of this nation, ETMC Crockett is proud to recognize nurses for the quality work they provide seven days a week, 365 days a year.

“We have some of the most qualified nurses in all of East Texas right here at ETMC Crockett,” said ETMC Crockett Administrator Terry Cutler. “The people of Houston County can be proud and

 Crockett 2011 Nurse Week Proclamation 
 During a special presentation at ETMC Crockett on Monday, May 2, Crockett Mayor Wayne Mask presents a proclamation declaring May 6-12 National Nurses Week to nursing staff Amber Martin, Latrice Donnell, Matthew Graham, Ashley Chometa, Catherine Markham, Nancy Johnson, Juana Mendez, Jennifer Patton, Kim Vice, Robin Hill, Millicent Jones, Kimberly Best, Carolyn Ramirez, Ginger Denson and Debbie Denson. 
feel very confident because they have access to such exceptional professionals in the nursing field,” he continued.

According to ETMC Crockett Director of Nursing Carolyn Ramirez, there are about 64 nurses employed by ETMC, some with tenure of up to 20 years.

In a special presentation at the hospital on Monday, May 2, Crockett Mayor Wayne Mask signed a proclamation declaring the week of May 6-12, 2011 as National Nurses Week.

The demand for registered nursing services will be greater than ever because of the aging of the American population, the continuing expansion of life-sustaining technology, and the explosive growth of home healthcare services.

More qualified nurses will be needed in the future to meet the increasingly complex needs of healthcare consumers in this community.

 The cost-effective, safe and quality healthcare services provided by nurses will be an ever more important component of the U.S. healthcare delivery system in the future.

 According to Connie Hand with Angelina College School of Vocational Nursing Crockett Branch, which is located at the hospital, there is one program offered each year to students and many of their graduates either work at the hospital or stay in the area.

The nursing school has been in existence for about 10 years and this year’s class consists of nine students.

Ms. Hand said that an information station will be held on Tuesday, May 17, and Tuesday, May 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria. She said the event will provide citizens and perspective students an opportunity to obtain information about the nursing school program and acquire an application package. She said the nursing school would return from semester break on Monday, May 16.

ETMC is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life in communities throughout East Texas.

Other ETMC facilities include hospitals in Athens, Carthage, Clarksville, Fairfield, Gilmer, Henderson, Jacksonville, Mount Vernon, Pittsburg, Quitman, Trinity and Tyler.