Nursing is an art, a science and a calling all rolled up into one profession. Nurses comprise the largest group of healthcare professionals, with nearly 3.1 million registered nurses nationwide meeting the ever-expanding health care needs of this nation. Lutheran Social Services employs 121 nurses and certified nursing and medication assistants throughout Texas in a variety of capacities. For example:
· Phyllis Christensen RN, Mary Appl LVN, and Julie Pedro LVN, are forever on the road visiting foster care homes all over the state, making sure the Primary Medical Needs children we serve receive the best possible care.
· LSS corporate nurse Sara Rodriguez RN, provides education and training to our medical staff and Care-Connect senior care attendants.
· At our Health for Friends Clinic in Lubbock, Tami Washington LVN, offers screening and diabetes consultation to those who cannot afford health insurance.
· Hortencia Hinojosa RN, and Belinda Rosales LVN, monitor and assist the elderly and disabled day residents at Buena Vida Adult Day Center in El Paso.
· At our senior facilities: Mary Charles LVN, is the one nurse on staff at Wedgewood South Assisted Living in Lubbock. In our Skilled Nursing and Memory Care communities, 26 RNs and LVNs work at The Village at Gleannloch Farms in Spring; we have 17 RNs and LVNs at Kruse Village in Brenham.
· Five LVNs monitor the health of the vulnerable children at our residential treatment centers.
“National Nurses Week” is celebrated annually from May 6th (also known as “National Nurses Day”) through May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. This is the perfect time and opportunity to give special recognition for the steadfast efforts and dedication of our LSS nurses. From bedside nursing in homes, clinics, adult day care, and long-term care facilities, LSS nurses work tirelessly to serve those in need. Our deepest admiration and appreciation for the important work they all do.