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Saint Clare’s Honors Nurses During National Nurses Week

May 31, 2011

Saint Clare’s Health System recognized and celebrated its nurses during National Nurses Week, May 6 – 12, 2011, through a week-long agenda of activities that included a Nurturing the Nurse program, a Cultural Competence Day cultural diversity program, a Distinguished Nurse Lectureship, a Blessing of the Hands ceremony, and a Spend a Day with a Nurse program. Saint Clare’s 850 nurses in hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the region are part of a 115-year tradition of service to the people of northwestern New Jersey.

Norma Atienza (left), Director of Clinical Quality and Epidemiology at Saint Clare’s, Suellyn Ellerbe (center), RN, MN, NEA-BC, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at Saint Clare’s, and Debbie Regen (right), Executive Director of Nursing at Saint Clare’s, at Cultural Competence Day with members of the Philippine Nurses Association, who performed a traditional Philippine Folk dance, “Pandanggo sa Ilaw,” a dance of lights that simulates fireflies at night.


Sister Saundra McKeta blesses the hands of Maria Wright, RN, during the Blessing of the Hands ceremony.

Saint Clare’s President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie D. Hirsch spent time shadowing Karen Laitinen, MS, RN, as part of the Spend a Day with a Nurse program.

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