Gerber Memorial celebrates, thanks nursing team on Nurses Week
Fremont, Mich., May 12, 2022 – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial celebrated National Nurses Week, May 6-12, with treats and thank yous in many different forms. The celebration included root beer floats delivered to nurses and luminaries with inspiring words.
Chaplain Ed Arndt rounded in different areas to deliver a Blessing of the Hands, which Arndt said celebrates the work nurses do with their hearts and their hands as healers. As he delivered the blessing, Arndt read: “May your hands, your mind and your heart be blessed to bring comfort where there is pain, courage where there is fear, hope where there is despair – all with the healing touch of love. As you bring healing, may you also be healed. May it be so.”
Registered nurse Holly Spaulding of Hesperia has been a nurse at Gerber Memorial for 32 years.
“The best part of being a nurse are my coworkers, our friendships, and to know that I’m surrounded by a great team that works well together and is committed to our mission of caring for our patients,” she said. “Being a nurse is rewarding because you come into work every day knowing you’re going to make a difference in someone’s life. For anyone who’s considering a career, nursing is truly rewarding because of the positive impact you can make.”
Spaulding said Gerber’s nursing team has grown closer over the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were there for each other during the pandemic, using our skills and our compassion, we pulled together as a team and that made us more resilient as a team and as individuals,” she said.
More than 139 registered nurses and licensed practical nurses work at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial, together with nearly 100 nurse techs and medical assistants.