Celebrating Nurses at MedStar Health and the Research Institute

Join MedStar Health in recognizing the work of our nurses during Nation Nurses Week, from May 6 to 12, 2021. As our nurses continue to care for patients in the new world with COVID-19, we want to celebrate and thank nurses throughout our system for their commitment to patient and associate care and wellness.

Because of the burden that COVID-19 has on the national health system in general and nurses specifically, the  American Nurses Association has extended  the 2020 Year of the Nurse through  May 2021. In honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, commonly considered the founder of modern nursing research, the World Health Organization declared 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

Joan K. Bardsley, MBA, RN, assistant vice president at MHRI, serves as MHRI’s representative to MedStar’s Chief Nursing Council, on the MHRI executive team, and the Nursing Research Council. Ms. Bardsley says, “It has been over a year that our health system has faced COVID and its impact on those for whom we care. Nurses from across MedStar Health have risen to the occasion in ways that showed their unbridled dedication and caring.  MHRI nurses are among those who truly went above and beyond what could have reasonably been expected.  They  transitioned to work in occupational  health, provided vaccines throughout  MedStar and the community, followed-up with those with a  COVID diagnosis, and expanded their work to include dozens of COVID studies in all areas of practice that have changed  the way care and treatment is delivered. THANK YOU is not enough for what they accomplished but needs to be said to every nurse. I am honored to practice with these dedicated professional at MHRI and MedStar Health who have made the positive difference in so many lives.”

During National Nurses Week, we would like to extend a special thanks to all our clinical research nurses, and all nurses in the MedStar Health system, as they continue to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients. They are critical in helping provide the best care to our community and are dedicated to advancing health. We appreciate you for what you do.