Annually, National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week recognize the critical roles hospitals and nurses play in providing medical care to patients around the country. This year, many across Adventist Health System joined in the festivities to honor caregivers across the organization and beyond.
Among them, the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation for Nursing Excellence hosted the Healthy Selfie 2k contest with a CREATION Health focus. To help raise money for nursing education and support, participants were able to get "Healthy Nurse" t-shirts for a $5 donation, which they could wear while walking or running along the trail outside the hospital and taking selfies with CREATION Health signs that they could later submit. Through donations made by participants, the Foundation for Nursing Excellence raised $1,800.
"I made a life-changing decision in January 2017. A co-worker had given me a Fitbit, and from that day on, I started walking the trail. I have completely changed my lifestyle, eating, mind and body," said Dawna Faircloth, an anesthesia tech at Florida Hospital Flagler. "I am happy to say that I have lost 25 pounds and will continue to keep losing weight. I am very grateful for this trail and this organization that keeps encouraging its employees to get fit. I am happy to say that I now walk up to 20,000-plus steps a day."
In recognition of the critical role nurses play in patient care, Florida Hospital Flagler established the Foundation for Nursing Excellence in 2011 to strengthen and advance the nursing profession through opportunities for lifelong learning, and ultimately improve patient care.
"The Foundation for Nursing Excellence was excited to host a healthy event, tying in the eight principles of CREATION Health, as well as the American Nurses Association 2017 theme – Year of the Healthy Nurse," said Robert Davis, chief nursing officer for Florida Hospital Flagler. "Continuing education for nurses is imperative, and gifts in support of Florida Hospital Flagler's Foundation for Nursing Excellence allow us to provide scholarships, specialty certifications and conferences for our nurses."
CREATION Health is a biblically-based wellness program that explains how Choice, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust in God, Interpersonal relationships, Outlook and Nutrition all play a role in supporting optimal health for mind, body and soul. It serves as a tangible expression of Adventist Health System's mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ.