Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) is celebrating the service, compassion, and
bravery of their nurses during National Nurses Week (May 6-12), an annual
celebration that recognizes the value of nursing.
National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National
Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the
founder of modern nursing. The year 2020, Florence’s 200th birthday,
has been declared the Year of the Nurse. Like Florence Nightingale, hundreds
of thousands of nurses stand on the front lines of a pandemic. Today,
as Florence Nightingale did in her time, nurses represent a profession
of advocacy and strength and are respected for their compassion and commitment
to patient care.
The theme this year, Compassion|Expertise|Trust, celebrates qualities in
nursing that are perhaps more important today than ever before as nurses
are serving on the front lines of care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“During these historic times, we couldn’t be more thankful
for all of our nurses and the compassion and hard work they put in every
day,” said Lacey Carter, RN, MSN, Executive Director of Nursing,
OMC. “This celebratory week is about paying tribute to them and
the daily impact they have on our patients’ lives.”
The communities that OMC serves, look to nurses as a trusted source for
hope and healing. After all, for nearly two decades, Americans rate the
honesty and ethics of nurses highest among a list of professionals that
Gallup asks U.S. adults to assess annually.
OMC will be celebrating Nurses Week by holding several celebrations that
include personalized thank you cards from senior leaders, posters throughout
the healthcare system, a pancake breakfast and pizza lunch.
Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing eight primary care
and 17 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral
healthcare, and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital
cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more
than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern
Arkansas. For more information about OMC, visit
Pictured from Right to Left: Suzanne Johnston, Case Management; Trish Bullock,
RN; Makayla Ray, Pharmacy; Kelsey Spinner, RN; Christina Summers, RN;
Jennifer Capeder, RN; all of OMC.