Twenty-two nurses from the City of Newark's Department of Child and Family Well Being were recognized Wednesday for their hard work and dedication for National Nurses Week.
Each municipal nurse received a handbag with the inscription "Thank you for the lives you touch - you're appreciated so much" during a special luncheon at the Department of Child and Family Well Being at 110 William St. (See below for list of nurses honored.)
"Our nurses always encourage their clients to become more actively involved in managing their own healthcare and to continue partnering with their medical providers for better health outcomes,” said L'Tanya Williamson, the department's director, in a press release.
The theme for this year's National Nurses Week, which coincides with the May 12 birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was "Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring."
"It makes me feel warm to know that what we do doesn’t go unnoticed," said honoree Myriame Zamilus. "Working for the city has been my first nursing job, and it’s a really good place to learn. Everyone has been really helpful. I love the community service aspect of my job."
Newark is one of the few municipalities in the nation that provides uninsured residents with affordable healthcare and services like pediatric care, adult medical practice, communicable disease control and prevention, dental clinic and access to the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) nutrition program. A lead prevention program, including inspections, abatements, case management, interim housing and free screenings, is also available to residents.
"I’m happy to be here to celebrate a profession that never stops giving," said Council Member Mildred C. Crump. “On behalf of the Municipal Council, I congratulate and thank you."
– Staff reports