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Bronx-Lebanon nurses get red carpet treatment for Nurses Week

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Melinda Bartholomew, RN, foreground, and Lisa Oldham, RN, assistant vice president of patient care services, participated in the Duffle Shuffle during National Nurses Week.

Nurses at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in the Bronx were treated like stars during National Nurses Week last month. To show its appreciation for nurses’ hard work and dedication throughout the year, the hospital’s National Nurses Week committee rolled out the red carpet May 6 for nurses to walk on entering the facility for their shifts.

Committee members, including Director of Magnet Services Margaret Morales, RN, APRN, MA, ACNS, NEA-BC; CNO and Vice President of Patient Care Services Jeanine Frumenti, RN, MPA, DNP; and Nurse Recruiter Melinda Bartholomew, RN, served as “paparazzi,” taking pictures and cheering nurses as they strolled down the carpet.

The committee also had more special treats planned for the nurses, beginning with a blessing of the hands by Bronx-Lebanon Pastor Ishmael Iwla, who provided a special prayer for those whose hands “touch life, have drawn blood, dispensed medications and annointed the sick,” and a “Duffle Shuffle” dance event where each nurse who danced down the length of the red carpet and back was able to pick a prize.

“The Duffle Shuffle started out as a joke,” Morales said. “We bought duffle bags from the [American Nurses Association] for the nurses this year and joked about doing a Duffle Shuffle. The idea just went from there.”

Nurses also were treated to a celebratory breakfast and an awards ceremony that highlighted achievements throughout the year.

Tracey Boyd is a regional reporter.

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