Nominate a nurse

They care for us, comfort us and advocate for us. Nurses are the heart of T&D Region health care.

It is a profession of long hours with little sleep interrupted by frantic moments of life and death. It is hugging a patient and comforting families. It is changing dressings and explaining scary procedures.

Nursing requires a special person who will selflessly care for total strangers, often without recognition. That is about to change. Now is your chance to recognize a nurse who has made a difference in your life.

In honor of National Nurses Week in May, The Times and Democrat along with sponsors are launching a contest, publication and event called Nurses: The Heart of Health Care.

The presenting sponsor is Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. Title sponsors are the Regional Medical Center and Claflin University. Bouquet sponsor is Garden Gate Florist. Auto sponsor is Jimmy Jones Toyota of Orangeburg. Care sponsor is Grove Park Pharmacy.

If you know of an outstanding nurse who has made a difference in your life or the life of a loved one in a hospital, clinic, school, nursing home, hospice or veterans facility, tell us about what makes the nurse extraordinary.

Nurses: The Heart of Health Care will accept nominations for nurses through March 28. Click on https://thetandd.com/app/promo/nursesad.html to make your nomination, including examples of why your nurse was outstanding.

Tell us in your own words – 200 words or more please – what makes your nurse nominee special. Please include a photograph. We want the stories of the nurses to come through in your nominations.

Once the nominations are in, a panel of independent judges will narrow them down to 10 winners to be honored at a Nurses Week reception and their stories will be told in a special section to be published in The Times and Democrat on Sunday, May 5.

It's time nurses receive the recognition they deserve. Help The Times and Democrat and our sponsors do just that by nominating a nurse today at https://thetandd.com/app/promo/nursesad.html.

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