The Delaware Healthcare Association, member hospitals and partner organizations launched on October 4th a month-long “Thank a Nurse” campaign to show Delaware nurses support as they continue to care for patients on the front lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The effort also encourages the public to get their COVID-19 vaccines as the best way to say “thank you” for all Delaware nurses do to care for those in the community. As part of the campaign, the public is asked to share on social media how nurses have touched their lives and are encouraged to tag a nurse they want to thank in a social media post using #ThankaNurseDE.
As part of this initiative, a joint Op-Ed authored by Delaware hospital chief executives thanking Delaware nurses and caregivers was featured in the Sunday News Journal October 17th. The hospital leaders wrote: "We are so proud of their compassion and their dedication to providing safe, high-quality care, even in these unprecedented times. We are thankful for their commitment and ask all Delawareans to join in showing your support this month.” In addition, the hospital leaders call attention to the hardship nurses have faced and are currently facing, stating that "Burnout is real, and it is important for our caregivers to know that it is OK to ask for help." Delaware's hospital leaders also joined together to share a special message of thanks in a video message for Delaware's nurses and caregivers.
Participating organizations include: DHA, Bayhealth, Beebe Healthcare, ChristianaCare, Nemours Children’s Health, TidalHealth Nanticoke, Saint Francis Hospital, the Wilmington VA Medical Center, the Delaware Nurses Association, the Delaware Organization for Nursing Leadership and the Delaware Health Care Facilities Association.