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Allegheny Health Network Celebrates National Nurses Week, May 6–12

Thursday, May 4, 2017

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Allegheny Health Network (AHN) will mark National Nurses Week, May 6-12, with a series of events aimed at celebrating its more than 4,000 nurses who provide high quality, compassionate care to patients every day across the organization’s many programs and more than 250 sites of care.

The National Nurses Week 2017 theme, “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit,” recognizes nurses who lead change for health and wellness.

The celebration kicks off with “Nurses Appreciation Night” at the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game on Saturday, May 6 at 7:05 PM. AHN and Highmark Health nurses are invited to attend the game and cheer on the Pirates alongside their family, friends, and fellow nurses. 

On Monday, May 8 at 7:45 AM, a “Lighting of the Nurses Lamp” ceremony in honor of Florence Nightingale – the founder of modern day nursing – will take place at all AHN hospitals including Allegheny General, Allegheny Valley, Canonsburg, Forbes, Jefferson, Saint Vincent, and West Penn. At some locations, hospital chaplains will also offer a blessing of nurses’ hands.

While nurses will take part in several fun celebration events throughout the week, such as an ice cream social at Canonsburg Hospital and a “strawberry shortcake day” at Jefferson Hospital, AHN nurses will also take the time to give back to the community.

Nurses at West Penn Hospital will participate in a week-long food drive to benefit the Bloomfield Food Pantry. On Wednesday, May 10, nurses at Saint Vincent Hospital will gather for a “March Against Violence” to take place just outside the hospital.

At the conclusion of Nurses Week, cell phones donated as part of a Network-wide cell phone drive will be delivered to local women’s shelters in support of victims of human trafficking and domestic violence who often do not have the means to purchase a phone or have access to one in an emergency.

Various educational opportunities will also be available to nurses throughout the week, such as a “Dinner & Learn” at Allegheny General Hospital on anti-bullying, a workshop at Jefferson Hospital on pressure ulcer prevention, and an “Education Day” at Forbes Hospital.

Additionally, each hospital will announce during Nurses Week their “Cameos of Caring” award recipients. This award is given to honor exceptional nurses who work at acute care hospitals in the Pittsburgh area.

“Our nurses provide exceptional care to patients in a variety of capacities and settings every day. From those who provide care at the bedside, in our outpatient clinics and home care programs, to those who lead in administrative roles to help advance our clinical protocols and care pathways, AHN is blessed to have an extremely skilled and dedicated team of nurses. They enable us to deliver the highest quality of patient-centered care to all who turn to AHN for their healthcare needs,” said Claire Zangerle, Chief Nurse Executive. “We look forward to joining our patients, staff and the entire community in thanking and honoring our nurses during National Nurses Week.” 

Zangerle will be featured on AHN’s KDKA-AM Radio “Medical Frontiers” show on Monday, May 8 to discuss the many opportunities in nursing, particularly within the Pittsburgh region. The show airs on Monday evenings from 7-8 pm.

A Kent State University alumna, Zangerle will also speak at the Kent State University College of Nursing’s Spring 2017 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Convocation Ceremony on Tuesday, May 9.

Those who are interested in honoring an AHN nurse have the opportunity to do so through the “AHN Nurses are the Greatest” program. Visit to learn more.