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Alaris Health Celebrates National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week 2017 LogoJersey City, NJ, May 10, 2017 – The week of May 6th is the American Nurses Association (ANA) National Nurses Week, a time when those in the nursing field are celebrated for their commitment to providing the highest quality patient care. The ANA has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse”.

Each year, the commemorative week ends on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who founded the modern nursing profession. Through courage, compassion and fierce dedication, she set high standards for patient care and opened the first nurses’ training program, among many other achievements. Nurses often recite “The Nightingale Pledge”, a variation of the Hippocratic Oath, upon completing their studies to pledge their commitment to the ethics and principles of the nursing profession.

It’s Nightingale’s lasting impact on the nursing field that makes it possible for our nurses to do what they love, and each decides to go in to the nursing field for different reasons.

national nurses week“My passion for nursing started when my mom was diagnosed with end-stage breast cancer almost 20 years ago,” said Alaris Health at Belgrove Assistant Director of Nursing Genevive Diaz, who has been with Alaris since 2012. “I paused my studies so that I could give her the very best care until her last breath. Every time I see and take care of my patients, I remember my mom. It’s an intrinsic motivation to help them recuperate, brighten their days and help them get through tough times.”

In 2002, Criselda De La Pena became a per diem nurse at Alaris Health at Essex and progressed to a staff nurse, unit manager, MDS coordinator, assistant director of nursing and finally, director of nursing. “I came from a family of medical professionals, so nursing was my destiny. Throughout my 15 years here, I’ve had invaluable management teams, nursing staff and CNAs. Our chemistry at Alaris Health at Essex is unparalleled and has earned us a five-star rating in quality of care for the last six years, which is a reflection of our teamwork and dedication to provide the best possible resident care.”

Ruth Amiths joined Alaris Health in 2013 and is the director of nursing at Alaris Health at Kearny. “I became a nurse because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of the people I touched. Still today, that is why I am a nurse. The fulfillment always outweighs the challenges and frustrations and I feel thankful and blessed to be given such an opportunity. Nursing is not just a profession; it is a vocation.”

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To celebrate National Nurses Week with its residents, Member Centers will host events, like Atlantic City blackjack on May 11th  at Alaris Health at The Chateau, as well as hand massages for nurses at Alaris Health at St. Mary’s, provided by Grace Healthcare Services. For more information on Alaris Health Member Centers’ National Nurses Week events, visit

Alaris Health would like to thank all of its nursing staff who make the excellent level of care we provide possible. For more information about National Nurses Week, visit

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About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

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