Meritus Health Celebrates Nation Nursing Week

Meritus Health Nurses Celebrated During National Nursing Week, May 6-12

HAGERSTOWN – One-fourth of the employees at Meritus Health will receive special recognition the week of May 6-12, as the health system joins the National Nurses’ Week 2018 celebration.

With nearly 650 registered nurses and licensed practical nurses providing care throughout the hospital, at outpatient practices and in the public school system, the week will include numerous opportunities to show the employees appreciation for all they do. Planned activities include guest speakers, poster displays on professional development and nursing unit projects and a special recognition reception at Fountain Head Country Club to name nurses of the year for each department.

As of February 2018, 56 percent of Meritus Health nurses have completed higher learning degrees – Bachelor or Master of Science in nursing or doctorates. By March, 176 nurses in the health system have earned certification to expand their clinical knowledge base in a variety of areas, including acute care, critical care, neonatal nursing and oncology.

Additionally, Meritus Health registered nurses recently achieved top performance in the annual nurse satisfaction survey.

“The nursing staff at Meritus has been on the journey to become an American Nurses Credentialing Center or ANCC Magnet® hospital and has taken the next step in submitting an official application,” says Melanie M. Heuston, D.N.P., RN, NEA-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer of Meritus Health. “The nursing staff at Meritus already meets and exceeds the Magnet standards related to quality of nursing care, nursing satisfaction and patient satisfaction related to nursing care.”

In the last year, Meritus Health nurses have co-authored articles for professional journals and websites and been asked to present at annual conferences for American Nurses Association and the Emergency Nurses Association, as well as for the Maryland Chapter of the American Case Management Association and the national meeting of the Partnership for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network. The hospital’s critical care nurses received a silver level award for excellence in 2017 from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses or AACN.

The theme for National Nurses’ Week 2018 is “leadership innovation.”