Nurses Week Celebrations

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Is that a waiter or my doctor? Celebrity physician waiters worked hard for their tips at the third annual Doylestown Health Nurses Fashion Show. The event raised funds for nursing scholarships and showcased the camaraderie between physicians and their nursing colleagues.

It was a great way to kick off Nurses Week.

The Third Annual Nurses Fashion Show was fun for a cause – supporting nurses seeking higher education.

More than a dozen physicians became waiters for the evening event, held May 6 at the Bucks County Designer House & Gardens in Chalfont. National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

The celebrity waiters sported crazy hats and shoes and brought in an impressive $2,900 in tips for serving hors d’oeuvres and beverages to the crowd of Doylestown Health nurses and Associates. That’s more than twice the amount raised last year.

Funds raised directly benefit the Doylestown Hospital Nurses Scholarship Fund to support the education of Doylestown’s nurses. These dedicated caregivers routinely receive high marks in patient satisfaction surveys for their clinical and communication skills.

 

All scholarships are awarded to nurses seeking a Bachelor of Science-Nursing (BSN) degree. Doylestown Hospital encourages nurses to seek the BSN to meet the ever-changing demands of their profession. Currently about 60% of Doylestown Hospital nurses have their BSN degree in addition to their certification as registered nurses. That is an increase from 45% last year. By the year 2020, the hospital plans on meeting and surpassing the goal of 85%.

Through the generosity of Marvin and Dee Ann Woodall, the hospital established a scholarship program more than 10 years ago. At this year’s event, COO Eleanor Wilson announced the Woodalls again gave generously with a gift of $20,000. The Medical Staff also contributed $5,000 to the fund.

Competition among celebrity physician waiters was stiff. Rehabilitation specialist Theophila Semanoff, MD, who was seen sporting two trays at once, took the gold medal. Cardiologist Jim Kmetzo, MD earned the silver medal and fellow cardiologist David L. Smith, MD came in third. The ‘medals’ were actually painted pasta necklaces fashioned by the youngsters at Children’s Village.

Doylestown Hospital will celebrate the rest of Nurses Week with special events and recognitions for our nurses.

If you’d like to make a tax-free donation to the Nurses Scholarship Fund, contact Garrett Owen in the Development Department at 215-345-2802 or visit Make a Gift.

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