Valdosta Daily Times

May 10, 2013

Nurses honored at VSU

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Mayor John Gayle read a proclamation Thursday afternoon at the Valdosta State University College of Nursing in recognition of National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

The proclamation extolled the many virtues of the nursing profession, including the importance of nursing in today’s health-care environment, the need for more qualified registered nurses to meet the growing demand due to the aging population, advances in technology, and the growth of home health care.

“We don’t really appreciate what nurses do for us until we need one, and then we expect them to always be there,” Gayle said.

Dr. Anita G. Hufft, the dean of the College of Nursing at VSU, spoke on behalf of the program, welcoming the crowd of new recruits to the accelerated nursing program which started classes on Monday of this week.

Dr. Myron Faircloth, a nursing professor and area nurse practitioner, welcomed the dignataries in the crowd, including Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. Olens, in Valdosta for an evening event, said he was delighted to be able to join the group in recognizing the hard work of nurses.

He said he drove past the new VSU Health Sciences and Business Administration building on his way to the ceremony, and congratulated the school on its vision of progress.

To the new nursing students, Olens said, “Congratulations on choosing a career that there is a high demand for now.”

Randy Sauls, CEO of South Georgia Medical Center, said after the ceremony that he is very pleased with the commitment Valdosta State University has made to the nursing program.

“There is an ongoing shortage of nurses, and it affects not just hospitals, but long term care facilities, home health, physician’s offices, etc. SGMC is recruiting right now, adding 23 new nurses to add to the staff for the patient tower,” Sauls said.

“I like to remind our employees that if you are admitted to a hospital today, it’s for one reason, and that’s for expert nursing care. Otherwise, you’d be at home.”