SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — This week, people across the nation are celebrating the men and women who work countless hours to take care of those who need it most.
It’s National Nurses Week and we visited Upstate University Hospital, where we met Lillian Turner, a registered nurse and clinical training specialist.
Like many nurses at Upstate, she’s grateful for the recognition but says the focus is taking care of the most vulnerable population in their time of need.
“I treat each patient like they’re my family or what if it was me in the bed, someone who cared about my mom, so I love having the opportunity to make that difference and each patient I take care of, I make sure to verbalize you are important to me and that I’m going to help you the best I can get through this time in your life,” Turner said.
National Nurses Week started in 1993 when the American Nursing Association designation the week to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession.