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RNs participate in blessing of the hands

Monday June 9, 2014
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Chaplain Jack Long pours water from the chalice on the hands of Janet Brown, RN,  director of the hospital’s neuro spine unit/infusion center.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Chaplain Jack Long pours water from the chalice on the hands of Janet Brown, RN, director of the hospital’s neuro spine unit/infusion center.
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Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Hudson, Fla., nursing staff celebrated the Blessing on the Hands by Rev. Jack Long, chaplain on May 9.

The blessing is a brief nondenominational ceremony that symbolizes nursing commitment to care, healing, and relief of pain and suffering, according to a news release. It unites nurses that share the caring journey and is a ceremony done around the world for special occasions.

“It is quite often in our profession that we take the role of our hands for granted,” CNO Tanya Simpson, RN, MS, said in the release. “Hands are extremely important in the delivery of clinical care to patients of all ages, bringing new life into the world and offering comfort to those in pain,” she said.

The blessing of the hands ceremony often reminds nurses of their deep commitment to, and personal involvement in, the healing process, according
to Long.


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