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Nurses Week Celebrates Research, Practice

All NIH employees are invited to join the National Institute of Nursing Research and the Clinical Center nursing department in celebrating National Nurses Week on Thursday, May 3, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

Three of five episodes from the critically acclaimed Discovery Health TV series Nurses will be shown. This series was patterned after ABC's unusual and popular series 24/7, filmed at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. In Nurses, the reporters and camera crew had permission to roam the halls and talk to staff and patients at Johns Hopkins, just as they did in 24/7.

The event, entitled "Celebrate Nursing Research and Practice," will be moderated by Dr. Patricia Grady, NINR director, and Dr. Clare Hastings, chief, Nursing and Patient Services at the CC. The program is divided into three segments, each featuring a video, followed by speakers who will address issues raised by the film. Comments from the audience are welcome.

The event begins at 9 a.m. with the first segment, Nurses Critical Care — Patients in Crisis. This segment also includes speakers Mary Pat Couig, chief nurse of the Public Health Service, who will talk briefly about the nursing shortage, and executive producers Helen Holt of Summer Productions and Claire Vande Polder of Discovery Health, who will tell what it was like to film the series. Following the video, Susan Marden of the CC nursing department and Gayle Page, a researcher from Johns Hopkins, will speak.

The second segment starts at noon and will show Nurses Touch of Mercy — Cancer and End of Life. Speakers are Drs. Ann Berger, chief of the CC Pain and Palliative Care Service, and Marie Nolan, researcher at Johns Hopkins. The final segment is Nurses Pediatrics — Infant Patients and Their Parents. The speakers are Tammara Jenkins of the CC and Dr. Arthur Engler, researcher from the University of Connecticut.

Nursing has regularly celebrated its profession since 1897, and in 1990, the American Nurses Association expanded recognition of nurses to a weeklong celebration.

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