A Nurse Is...

5/10/2017  By HealthNews

May 10, 2017 

These 7 KVH nurses - all RNs - represent our clinics, inpatient, emergency, surgery, home health, and obstetrics. (Thumbnail photo: Army Nurse Operating Medical Equipment at Camp Bastion Hospital, Afghanistan. © Crown Copyright 2013, Photographer: Sgt Barry Pope RLC, Image 45155564.jpg from www.defenceimages.mod.uk)

All around the country, communities are celebrating National Nurses Week. Every year, the dates are the same - May 6 through 12 - as dependable as the nurses it honors, like Florence Nightingale, whose birthday marks the last day of observances on May 12.

What exactly is nursing? According to the American Nursing Association (ANA), "Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations."

"I wanted to be just like her."
- KVH CNO Vicky Machorro, on her nurse cousin

That's quite a mouthful. And yet, it's an accurate reflection of the important and wide-ranging work done every day by nurses world-wide, and in our own community by people like Vicky Machorro, Chief Nursing Officer at KVH Hospital, who has over 40 years of hospital experience, mainly in intensive care and leadership.

Machorro knew she wanted a career in healthcare ever since high school. "My cousin was a nurse. I idolized her, wanted to be just like her." Ask around and you'll find it's a common refrain - often another nurse's example is what inspires others to consider nursing as a calling.

Nurses at KVH Hospital collaborate with care teams on patients' plans of care. They are "eyes-on and hands-on" as they regularly assess patients and report their needs to the care team.

When asked what would surprise people about being a nurse, Machorro replied, "It's such a multi-faceted position. Nurses are educators and teachers, social workers and advocates, listeners and consolers, even security guards at times."

For all those reasons, we salute nurses everywhere. Thank you for all you do to care for your community, one patient at a time.


There are many different certifications in nursing; these are ranked by projected percent growth in demand from 2014 to 2024.

LPN - Licensed Practical Nurse (16%)
RN - Registered Nurse (16%)
CNS - Clinical Nurse Specialist (17%)
CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant (18%)
CRNA - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (19%)
CNE - Certified Nurse Educator (19%)
CNM - Certified Nurse Midwife (25%)
ARNP - Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (35%)*

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

*While demand for nurses of every kind is more than twice as high than average job growth, ARNPs are in very high demand because they can provide primary care.

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