By David Marshall

The University of Texas Medical Branch is joining hospitals throughout the country in observing National Nurses Week through Sunday.

The purpose of National Nurses Week is to raise public awareness of the value of nursing and to help educate the public about the vital roles registered nurses play.

To celebrate, UTMB will have various activities and events, including a blood drive, poster presentations, health walk and awards.

We want to pay tribute to the more than 1,300 nurses who provide highly skilled, safe and quality care in a variety of settings.

In honor of the dedication, commitment and tireless effort of these nurses to promote and maintain the health of the communities and patients UTMB serves, I am proud to recognize our nurses during this special week for the quality work they provide seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Last August, UTMB learned it had been granted Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association. Simply put, Magnet Recognition is the highest and most prestigious distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence and high-quality patient care.

It shows that patient care at UTMB meets the widely accepted gold standard for excellence in nursing and quality patient care. The hospital, its staff and physicians and — most importantly — patients all benefit from Magnet status. Magnet Recognition also means that UTMB is a magnet for the best and the brightest nurses.

The Galveston community can take great pride in the commitment to quality and caring that our nurses bring to work every day.

Personally, I can’t think of any other people I’d rather be associated with. I salute our UTMB nurses and hope that we can celebrate nurses every day, not just during National Nurses Week.

David Marshall is the Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch