Winneshiek Medical Center is joining the American Nurses Association in celebrating National Nurses Week, which is held May 6-12 every year.

The purpose of the weeklong celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the health care needs of the American people.

In honor of the dedication, commitment and tireless effort of the nearly 3.1 million registered nurses nationwide to promote and maintain the health of this nation, the American Nurses Association and Winneshiek Medical Center are proud to recognize nurses everywhere on this particular day for the quality work they provide seven days a week, 365 days a year.

At WMC, nursing staff, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified medical assistants, certified nurse assistants and advanced nurse practitioners, comprise 36 percent of the workforce. Nurses are present in: Winneshiek Medical Center clinic, obstetrics, med-surg, surgery, same-day services, emergency room, urgent care, cardiac rehab, diabetes education, quality management, staff education, infection control, home health, Hospice and administration.

Linda Klimesh, chief nursing officer at WMC says, "Nurses are part of nearly every aspect of direct and indirect patient care at WMC and their kind words, skills and healing touch affect patients, families, visitors and staff alike on a daily basis. WMC nurses treat their profession as more than just a job - nursing is a way of life. They know compassionate, quality care today will guide their patients on a path to life-long wellness."

"If a Winneshiek Medical Center nurse has made a difference in your life, considering honoring that nurse through a donation to the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation," said Klimesh.

Call 563-387-3129 to learn more about giving opportunities or visit winmedical.org.