Did you ever stop to think about how fortunate we are to have the Tennessee Technological University Whitson-Hester School of Nursing, in Cookeville in the Upper Cumberland area.
Since 1980 it has provided nurses for the 14 county area in hospitals, public health, hospice care, schools, clinics, and industry. The school draws students from this region and many nurses tend to stay in this area. Each year we celebrate International Nurses week from May 6-12. The date was established to honor Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern day nursing, who was born in 1820.
Nightingale was a gifted women who is known mostly for being the lady with the lamp caring for the injured during the Crimean War. She combined compassionate care with an understanding of the usefulness of epidemiology and statistics. Today we salute nurses, the heartbeat of health care. Nurses are taught to have a deep practical knowledge of the physical, mental and well being of patients of all ages, and of their prescribed treatments and drugs.
The School of Nursing is a leading edge center for Clinical Simulation and Health Professional Development. It provides opportunities for students to practice skills on manikins that are engineered to maximize learnings in the lab. Students are better prepared to handle any situation in the hospital because of the availability of these life size models.
We are very fortunate to have this School of Nursing and to enjoy the graduates of this program. Please take time during this week to celebrate the nurses in the Upper Cumberland.
Barbara Reynolds, PhD, nurse (retired)
President, Development Council
TTU Whitson-Hester School of Nursing