Thoughts on Nurses…

I wanted to share some special thoughts on nurses. They are the unsung heroes of so much of our lives. They are there when we come into the world and they hold our hands when we are sick in the hospital. And, they comfort us when people we love are ill and they calm our [...]

June 22nd, 2017|Advocacy|0 Comments

Honoring Military Nurses of World War I and World War II

It is 1918, and as a German plane buzzed overhead, nurse Helen Dore Boylston “dropped face down in the mud.” Boylston had been running between wards of wounded patients, “trying to calm their nerves during the air raid. Now, all I could do was brace myself for the hissing bomb that hurtled toward me. I [...]

May 25th, 2017|Advocacy|0 Comments

National Nurses Week Award

In honor of National Nurse Week, Barco’s Nightingales Foundation is introducing its first annual nurses award for practicing professionals.  And, there is no better day to announce the award than the birthday of our inspiration, Florence Nightingale. This peer-nominated award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond their job description. As a result, they help patients, [...]

May 12th, 2017|Advocacy|0 Comments

Celebrating National Nurses Week 2017

National Nurses Week 2017 runs May 6 through May 12, which is also the 197th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. The American Nurse Association designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse,” with a theme of “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit.” This week and throughout the year, Barco’s Nightingales Foundation proudly celebrates nurses [...]

May 4th, 2017|Advocacy|0 Comments

Nursing By The Numbers

According to the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were a total of 4,011,911 nurses actively working in the US. This included 3,184,283 Registered Nurses and 827,628 Licensed Practical Nurses. Even though these numbers increased from 2015, we still face a nursing shortage. With such large numbers, how can this be? Let's take a closer look [...]

April 27th, 2017|Advocacy|0 Comments

On Advocacy and Being an Advocate

We often write about being an advocate for the profession of nursing. We've had several people ask what we mean by advocacy and what it takes to be an advocate, so we took the time to put together this primer. Think of advocacy as taking actions in the hopes of making positive changes.  Advocacy can advance many [...]

February 23rd, 2017|Advocacy|0 Comments

Walk to Transform Lives

Walk for Kids is an annual 5k (3.1 mile) walk to raise funds for children with needs in honor of nurses. Our walk takes place under the umbrella of the “Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times Walk for Kids.” Your donations help us transform lives. This year we hope to raise enough funds to increase our daily [...]

February 2nd, 2017|Advocacy|0 Comments

Hope for the Holidays and New Year

At the holidays we take time to reflect on the past year and the work that remains for the New Year. The first thing we think of is the incredible support and friendship we've had from our Community of Compassion. With your help, we continue our work to help make children's lives better. 2016 - A Year [...]

December 22nd, 2016|Advocacy|0 Comments

The Holiday Project

Each year millions of people spend their holidays confined to hospitals, acute care and residential nursing homes. In fact, many residents outlive their family members and friends. For others, their family and friends have moved away. At the same time, there are many people who are looking for ways to give and make their holidays more [...]

December 13th, 2016|Advocacy|0 Comments

With Gratefulness and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a season of merriment and celebrations. It also evokes visions of families and friends gathered around a festive dinner table. But Thanksgiving is more than that. It is a time to reflect on all we have been blessed with and to give thanks. At Barco’s Nightingales Foundation, we feel especially [...]

November 24th, 2016|Advocacy|0 Comments