Nurses WeekTwenty Plus Reasons To Be Proud! Happy Nurses Week!  This year the Nurses Week theme is Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring.  If you were lucky enough to attend the Nursing and Allied Health Clinical Awards you would have seen living examples of this year's theme.  Twenty employees were honored in the best way possible.  They were not honored for any one event or accomplishment.  Rather, they were honored for displaying leadership through their example of commitment and everyday actions of advocating, leading and caring.  You are encouraged to go to the Nursing page on the Scope and follow the link for "Honors, Awards and Recognition" under the Leadership and Governance heading to view the names of the recipients. If you look at the Nursing and Allied Health Awards program and the link above you will see only nineteen names listed.  The last award that is given is the Nurse Legacy Award.  The Nurse Legacy Award recipient is not revealed until the ceremony.  It is a surprise to the winner as well as the audience. The Nurse Legacy Award is reserved for nurses who have made significant contributions to the nursing profession and the lives of patients, families and coworkers AND committed 25 years or more of service to Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.  Twenty-five years of touching and changing lives is no small achievement. I am happy to say that at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics it is not altogether rare either.  This year the following 18 nurses were nominated: Brenda Anderson-Bell Dorothy Aust Patricia Beirne Pam Dennis Robin Griffith Carol Hafeman Cindy Hutchings Meredith Jackson Diane Kennedy Donna Kruger Phyllis Larimore Susan Mecklenburg Sandie Nabours Betty Owen Diane Rash Beverly Schuepbach Irma Stillwell Pat Sweeney Reading the nominations was a gratifying experience.  All the nominations voiced a deep respect, admiration and awe for the nominees. This year's winner, Carol Hafeman, certainly inspires the same reaction.  Carol had 179 signatures that accompanied a very compelling and heartfelt nomination.  Carol has been providing extraordinary nursing care with compassion at Children's Mercy for the last 40 years.  Please congratulate Carol, the nominees for the Nurse Legacy Award and all the other winners for making Children's Mercy and the nursing profession proud!