The week of May 7-11, 2018, was special for Life Care Center of Lawrenceville, Georgia.
The facility celebrated National Nurses Week with themed costume days and its first Nursing Excellence Awards event.
The 34 nurses were able to have fun by coming to work dressed as hippies, their favorite superheroes, Florence Nightingale and Hawaiians. The residents joined in on the fun and participated in the dress-up days.
“Our nurses deserve to be celebrated because they provide care that is specific to each resident,” said Troy Taylor, director of nursing. “One size does not fit all residents, and our nurses show passion and dedication as they promote healing through following their tailored plan of care and, most importantly, faith.”
Friday was an extra-special day, as the facility had its own night in Hollywood with the Nursing Excellence Awards. Every nurse received at least one nomination for an award, with eight different awards given out, such as the highest honor, the Florence Nightingale Award, the Dedicated to Service Award and the Healing Hands Award. Two weeks prior to the event, the nominee list was blown up, framed and hung in the facility to build excitement for nurses, residents and family members. The nurses walked a red carpet in their best attire, dined together and listened to words of inspiration from their executive director and social services director.
“In 21 years of nursing, this was the best Nurses Week,” said Stacey Brown, licensed practical nurse. “The Nurses Honors Ceremony was spectacular. Troy Taylor, DON, worked hard on making the event special and succeeded. Everyone is still talking about it. We have an awesome team here at Lawrenceville, and I truly enjoy coming to work.”
The nurses also received a special shout-out video from platinum-selling and Grammy-nominated artist Montell Jordan. Jordan is currently a worship pastor at a mega church in Atlanta, and receiving the video from such an acclaimed musician was a neat experience for the nurses.
"Nurses Week meant the world to me because, outside of taking care of my family, this is where I feel the most at home,” said Marie Louis, LPN. “I love taking care of people in general, whether it’s here at Life Care or helping my neighbor. Every day is a special day to me because I get to be among the great staff and do what I love most.”