National Nurses Week - Fortis on the Frontlines Series

Communities Are Coming Together Like Never Before

NursingMay 11, 2020

National Nurses Week - Fortis on the Frontlines Series

In 1991, the American Nurses Association established National Nurses Week as a time to recognize the selfless caregivers who serve their communities. Each year celebrations culminate on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is widely recognized as the “mother of modern nursing.” On the 200th anniversary of her birth, the World Health Organization announced 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. In the spirit of Nurses Week and the Year of the Nurse, this week’s posts will highlight nursing graduates and students who are serving on the frontlines of COVID-19 across the country.

Communities are coming together like never before.

CreeAnn Quinonez, an LPN to RN student, graduated from the Fortis Institute in Nashville and is now a registered nurse at a senior living facility. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, her experiences have only strengthened her love for the nursing profession: 

"While [fighting the virus] has been stressful, it's amazing to see the increased teamwork. Communities are connecting through social distancing with constant prayers and encouragement. The experience has proven to me that nursing is my passion.

To all my fellow nurses, keep up the good work: we got this!

And to my amazing community that keeps us going, continue to wash your hands and keep on praying!"

We are proud of CreeAnn and other students and alumni who continue to fight against COVID-19. To learn more about the nursing programs at Fortis Colleges & Institutes, St. Paul’s School of Nursing and Denver College of Nursing, please click here.