Augusta University Health takes time to thank nurses this week

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Augusta Wednesday, May 8, 2019
News 12 this Morning

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- This week we're giving thanks to the ones who are the first and last to witness the beginning and end of life.

This week is National Nurses Week, and Augusta University Director of Pastoral Care Jeff Flowers explains how his staff is taking time out to show their appreciation.

"This is our way of celebrating the gift that the nurses give of love and kindness as they give of that wonderful profession," said Jeff.

Throughout the week, chaplains will walk through the hospital's halls giving out special blessings. Jeff Flowers says it's just one way to show their gratitude.

"We offer it to any of the nurses who would like, and really any of our care givers who would like an opportunity just to pause and receive a word of affirmation. We know the work is hard but we know how rewarding it is and we care for them and we're grateful they are here," said Jeff. "Sometimes we need someone just to be with us and let us know that we are not alone."

Every drop of oil, every prayer, every touch is a reminder to nurses that they have a shoulder to lean on. Jeff says this does not only stand during this week but, each and every day.

"Everyday you touch you lift and you hold so physically we are honoring the use of hands but, figuratively they connect to our heart and our soul. We remember who touch us," Jeff smiles.

Augusta University is planning special activities throughout the week to honor their nurses. ​