I’m moved by the stories I regularly hear about how deeply our nurses care for residents, families and their fellow associates. As we celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6-12, I want to acknowledge and thank all our Benchmark nurses on the front line serving in such critical roles.
It’s fitting that this special week ends on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, a trailblazer and founder of modern nursing.
Through empathy, professionalism and tireless commitment to helping others, Benchmark nurses embody our Benchmark value of being Called to Care.
Our 732 nurses across Benchmark provide care on many levels, demonstrating that we are Better Together – whether it’s saving a life, holding a hand and even honoring residents by covering them with a handmade quilt as they exit a community for a final time.
When a resident she cared for and who meant a great deal to her passed away, Francine Morton, Memory Care Nurse at Shrewsbury Crossings, was saddened to see her leave the community unceremoniously. So, she decided to honor residents in the future in a special way.
“Our residents receive a lot of fanfare when they arrive, and I wanted to create a similar experience for those exiting our community,” Francine says.
She contacted a close friend to design a quilt using associate clothing and a Benchmark blanket as backing. Excited at a chance to contribute to such a wonderful project, her fellow associates donated shirts in a variety of colors, including a Service Champion shirt.
The finished product is a special expression of this Benchmark community’s love for its residents, and it’s one more lasting reminder of the difference that one nurse can make in a community. How fortunate we are to have 731 more nurses just like Francine who are connecting to what matters.
Thank you, Francine, and every one of our Benchmark nurses for all you do on every shift to transform the lives of those in your care through human connection.