Friendship through nursing

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From left: Arlene Mills wears and holds Navy nurses' hats; Sam Newton and Sylvia Snell.
From left: Arlene Mills wears and holds Navy nurses' hats; Sam Newton and Sylvia Snell.

The Nightingales, a group of 40 retired nurses who live at Friendship Village Tempe, an Arizona retirement community, met May 6 as National Nurses Week began.

Member Joanie Newth says she founded the group when she moved to Friendship Village and realized that many former nurses lived there. They had worked in hospitals and physician offices, and five even served as Cadet Nurses during World War II. Most have bachelor of science degrees in nursing, 12 have master's degrees and nine have doctoral degrees.





Left: Rita Salvo was a Cadet Nurse during World War II. Right: Donning their nursing school caps are, standing, from left: Nancy Dolphin, Joanie Newth, Sylvia Snell, Marjorie Provo and Sally Jones. Seated: Sam Newton and Nan Insheep.

Vi at Bentley Village in Naples, FL, celebrated National Nurses Week by hosting a formal recognition ceremony May 11 to honor the nurses who live and work within the Bentley Village community and celebrate the important role that nurses play in the healthcare industry. Dressed in professional white uniforms, The Nightingale Tribute Nurses Society Honor Guard of Naples presented a rose, representing nursing integrity, to commemorate nurses' devotion to resident/patient care.

The National Nurses Week celebration at Vi at Bentley Village in Naples, FL. From left: Donna Estep (Bentley Village nurse), Erica Sills (Bentley Village director of homecare), Linda Hill (Nightingale Tribute Nurses), Shavonta Demosthenes (Bentley Village assistant director of nursing), Jean Upton (Nightingale Tribute Nurses) and Nashunda Brown (nursing student at ITT, Ft. Myers).

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