MCHD observes National Nurses Day

National Nurses Day is observed annually on May 6. On this day, we raise awareness of all nurse contributions and commitments and acknowledge the vital role nurses play in society. This day is also the first day of National Nurses Week and is sometimes known as National RN Recognition Day.

“During this constantly changing COVID-19 pandemic, our nurses and medical assistants have been invaluable,” said Denise Peele, MSN, RN, the Director of Nursing for the Mobile County Health Department and Family Health, the primary care division of MCHD. “Their adaptability with each and every challenge that they have faced this past year has been amazing.

“I am honored and very proud to lead this outstanding team. Our nurses and medical assistants are the heart of the agency and they are true healthcare heroes.”

Nurses (including Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Medical Assistants, and COVID-19 Vaccinators) serving MCHD and Family Health were presented with balloons and a “Nursing Survival Kit” containing tasty treats. Those being recognized today are:

Angela Alexander, Melanie Alford, Ivania Alvarez, Sienna Alvarez, Alexander Alvarez Jr., Christy Anderson, Chontee Andrews, Jennifer Bailey, Glenda Balius, Yvonne Baynard, Virginia Beall, Maria Beck, Helen Bishop, Kacie Breen, Jantel Buford, Darlene Burrell, Dana Burroughs, Leslie Carley, Laura Caro, Shayria Catlin, Jessica Clarke, Erin Coker, Terri Cornelius, Sonja Crawford, Jessica Curry, Vickie Davis, Charles Seth Davis, Janelle Davis, Quantasia Dozier, Rayanna Duarte, Dominique Dunigan, Daedra Dunigan, Brittany Edmondson, Kimjuana English, Peggy Evans, Melody Faulkner, Tiasha Finklea, Annethaie Fuller, Charlotte Gamble, Christa Gamble, Aisha Garmon, Barbara Gibbs, Leticia Gibbs, Diane Glass, Courtney Graham, James Graves, Doina Griga, Edna Harris, Shakara Harris, Heather Harvey, Phyllis Hosey, Valorie Hudson, Cristina Irby, Ivory Irons, Adrienne Irvin, Ariana Jackson, Ma’Quala Johnson, Jeri Jones, Lolisa July, Thaila Keodouangdy, Sharron King, Raquel King, Constance Knauf, Sonja Lamar, Anita LeBatard, Brittany Lewis, Celeste Lindsey, Kasey Lingenfelter, Constance Malone, Emalee Malone, Marshae Maye, Zakelia Maye, Patricia McCants, Lakesha McCulland, Tramaine Mitchell, Janice Morris, Dorlisa Mose, Amaney Nassar, Olivia Newell, Ngoc-Anh Ngo, Hoai-Linh “Link” Nguyen, April Nobles, Cindy Norman, Heather Partin, Poonam Patel, Marshalette Patrick, Jennifer Payne, Charlotte Peele, Vera Peoples, Tanjanekia Powe, Holly Pratt, Sharon Price, Kimberly Rawson, Sara Reed, Myra Reid, Leane Richardson, Kelly Ritchie, Tosca Roberson, Joyce Roberson, Chronda Roberson, Yukalandis Roberson, Melanie Robinson, Hope Robinson, Christina Ruffer, Elizabeth Ruzic, Jakara Sargent, Melanie Snow, Vanessa Stalling, Genine Surgest, Barbara Swartz, Tina Syphrit, Maliyah Taylor, Emily Thacker, Jacqueline Thomas, Heaven Tipton, Tywanda Varner, Mason Wade, Amanda Ward, Triona Watts, Susan Wendell, Agnes White, Tacara White, Stefanie Whitsett-Gildersleeve, Jerrica Wiley, Mellisa Williams, Jayne Wilson, Laura Jane Wolf, and Conswella Wright.

National Nurses Week begins May 6 and ends on May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 – August 13, 1910). Florence Nightingale was a celebrated English, social reformer, statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She became well-known while taking care of the

Shown in the photo holding up the gifts are, from left to right, Denise Peele, Angela Alexander, and Randi McDavid. wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. Nightingale was dubbed “The Lady with the Lamp” because of her habit of making rounds at night.