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A Message of Thanks to Kaiser Permanente Nurses

Tomorrow, May 6, begins National Nurses Week, a celebration honoring the nation’s most trusted caregivers. There are four million nurses in America today. Fifty-four thousand of you have chosen to make your careers at Kaiser Permanente. On behalf of the entire organization, and personally, I want to thank you for all that you do for our patients and members.

You provide our members with clinically excellent, reliable, and safe care. You make sure that they feel listened to and truly cared for, and that they’re well-informed and respected. You are their advocate, their caregiver, and their healer. Many of you know that I began my career as an emergency room nurse. I remember well the stress and emotional pressure that came along with the reward of caring for my patients, the joy of relieving pain, and the personal satisfaction of being a patient advocate. I know firsthand, as you do, that nursing is both an art and a science. Whether at the bedside, managing nursing staff, conducting research, developing tools to improve the care experience, or leading nursing practice in your facility or region, your expertise, compassion, and dedication have a tremendous impact on the way our 11.8 million members experience care at Kaiser Permanente each and every day.

The American Nurses Association has named this year’s Nurses Week theme “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit” — a message that resonates for two important reasons. It echoes a tenet of Kaiser Permanente’s nursing professional practice of transforming lives with holistic nursing care that heals the body, mind, and spirit; and it reflects our own mission of total health and the importance of caring for oneself in order to best care for others. For nurses and other caregivers, self-care, resiliency, and joy in work are especially important. See what some of your fellow nurses are doing to care for themselves, colleagues, and communities, and check out the excellent workforce wellness resources available to you and your teams through Healthy Workforce. Please take good care of yourselves and embrace the big and little things in life that help you to thrive.

I’m excited to share that we’re close to filling the position of Kaiser Permanente’s chief nurse executive and senior vice president for National Patient Care Services. Emphasizing the important leadership role our nurses play within Kaiser Permanente, this position will report directly to me. Together in partnership with our nurses and nurse leaders across the organization, we’ll continue elevating our nursing practice to fully harness the power of our integrated system and advance Kaiser Permanente’s mission for our patients, members, employees, and the communities we serve.

Thank you again for all that you do, and happy Nurses Week!

Greg Adams
Executive Vice President and Group President
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals