Nurses Week honors America's caregivers

Photo by Amy Cherry From left, Mary Helen Coroso, director of Generations; Jessica Christner-Montanaro, director of the Emergency Department: Cindy Salerno, director of Acute Care Unit: Katie Fink, RN, Nurse of the Year for Acute Care: St. Marys Mayor Bob Howard: Christine Garner, Chief Nursing Quality Officer: Erin Barnett, Nurse of the Year for the Maternal Child Unit: Sandy Alabaugh, Nurse of the Year for Surgical Services: and Jolene "Teddi" Mackcoviak, director of Surgical Services Department. Missing
Amy Cherry
Staff Writer

National Nurses Week, observed annually from May 6-12, pays tribute to the nation's more than 3 million nurses working in hospitals, doctor's offices, nursing homes, home health, schools or prisons.
The City of St. Marys recently issued a proclamation honoring and observing National Nurses Week. St. Marys Mayor Bob Howard was on hand to present the proclamation to a small group of Penn Highlands Elk nurses.
The 150-member PHE nursing staff encompasses those in various departments throughout the facility from the hospital, long-term care and outpatient settings.
Nurses play a wide range of roles from clinicians, administrators, researchers and educators to care coordinators and policymakers.
In helping lead the charge for health and wellness, nurses assist patients with developing healthy lifestyles practices to prevent sickness and diseases, securing resources and obtaining comprehensive care across many service areas.
Those with advanced degrees, such as nurse practitioners, provide primary care services and manage chronic illnesses.