It is hard to overstate the vital importance of nurses. Without them, the world would be a different place, every day, but particularly in this moment as humanity collectively faces a global pandemic. 

Nurses are on the frontline, answering the call to care for those in need without hesitation, over and over and over again. Because, that’s what they do.

They are so critical to the healthcare system, and sacrifice so much for the care of others, the World Health Organization designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse, recognizing the contributions nurses make on a daily basis and marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the woman credited as the founder of modern nursing.

At Cadence Living, we know unequivocally that the level of care we are able to provide our residents relies on the talents, dedication and compassion exhibited by our nursing staff every day. While we celebrate those successes quietly throughout the year, we are happy to trumpet our praise for our indispensable staff members during National Nurses Week, beginning May 6 and running through May 12.

Put simply, we couldn’t do what we do without them. Any day, and especially now.

Our RNs, our LVNs, our LPNs and our CNAs — at each of our communities across the country — put themselves second and their patients first for every aspect of care, beyond a resident’s physical needs to include providing mental and emotional support. Our nursing staff also provides administrative support and offers oversight of resident care.

They know our residents well. They understand their needs intimately. And they step in to offer what is needed, whenever it’s needed, as if they were caring for their own family member. 

Every aspect of life has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing included. Throughout these difficult and unpredictable times, our nursing staff has been administering daily temperature checks on our residents, and they’ve also taken additional time to check on their emotional wellbeing. They understand, without question, that health is all-encompassing. 

Nursing is a tough job. It requires deep and broad medical knowledge, but it also demands grit, compassion and a genuine desire to build and honor trust that is developed with a patient. We are lucky to see that every day at Cadence.

One week is nowhere near enough time to honor all that our nurses do for our residents, and all they do to make Cadence Living a remarkable option for seniors in need of long-term care. But, we honor them just the same, knowing they have vital care to give and critical work to do. 

A nurse’s job is really never done. And our admiration for that has no end.