While we are proud of the technology and medicine used at Valley Baptist Health System, our service is truly defined by the warmth and compassion we show others during their greatest time of need. May 6-12 celebrates Nurses Week and recognizes the difference nurses make through the care they provide patients.
“Thank you to all our nurses for delivering compassionate, high-quality care 24/7, to improve the lives of countless families each year,” said Stephen Hill, Chief Nursing Officer for Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen. “There is no other higher calling than serving others during their greatest time of need.”
Nurses Week is celebrated every year in May and culminates on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing. During this week, Valley Baptist and other healthcare organizations across the country are educating the community about the role nurses play in meeting patients’ healthcare needs.
“I chose this profession because I love people and I truly want to make a difference,” said Patricia Palomo, MSN, RN, Director of Education for Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen. “Being there to comfort a patient and letting them know everything is going to be alright and they are going to be taken great care of is what nursing is all about.”
Patricia Palomo began her nursing career in 1969 and has served in several capacities from Army nurse, to a neonatal nurse and now as she educates other nurses through the education program.
“During my 50 years of nursing I have seen the nursing industry change from being predominately female to now seeing more male nurses,” said Palomo. “One thing that never changes, is the kindness and compassion you show your patients will always be what they remember most. Our patients are coming to us to get better and that’s a commitment we must follow through on.”
Valley Baptist celebrates its nurses all week long with celebrations and thank you events for their commitment to provide high-quality care to each and every patient.