The public is invited to the showing of the Carolyn Jones documentary film, “The American Nurse,” brought to Manitowoc by Carmike Cinemas.
Carmike is collaborating with Silver Lake College, Holy Family Memorial, the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc, the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan, The Manitowoc County Health Department, and the Wisconsin Center for Nursing in honor of National Nurses Day.
The movie will be shown at noon and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at Carmike Cinema, 2555 S. 44th St., Manitowoc. The cost is $6 for the matinee and $8.25 ($7 for seniors ages 60 and older) for the evening show.
An hour prior to scheduled movie times, informational booths designed to educate the community and celebrate nurses will be on display in the theater’s foyer.
“It’s essential to practicing nurses as well as student nurses to recognize the value this profession,” said Brianna Neuser, Assistant Dean of the School of Professional Studies at Silver Lake College. “We would also like to increase awareness on the part of the general public as well as other healthcare providers; nurses make a profound impact on healthcare outcomes.”
Silver Lake College offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program. Holy Family Memorial employs about 240 nurses who provide care for patients across the network.
“Nursing is truly a rewarding career on so many levels that can take you anywhere you want to go professionally,” said Bonny Range, Chief Nursing Officer at Holy Family Memorial. “While nurses care for patients in many environments from home care to surgery, it is so much more than caregiving. Nurses in so many situations are teachers, advocates, counselors, leaders and even confidantes.”
The documentary was created by The American Nurse Project to elevate the voice of nurses across the United States by capturing their personal stories through photography and video. It will be showing at 150 theaters nationwide.
The aim of this documentary is to inspire audiences to think differently about nurses and promote an appreciation for the indispensable figure on the front line of health and healthcare today — the American nurse.
The documentary gives a historical perspective on nursing and highlights its legacy as well, Neuser said.
The theme of National Nurses Week is “Ethical Practice. Quality Care.” The theme is a part of the American Nurses Association’s outreach to promote and advocate for the rights, health and safety of nurses and patients.
(Photo caption: On Monday, April 20, 2015, Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels issued a proclamation declaring May 6-12 National Nurses Week in the city of Manitowoc. Shown with Nickels (a student at Silver Lake College) are, from left, Bonny Range, Chief Nursing Officer of Holy Family Memorial; Brenda Behnke, Registered Nurse in Home Care with Holy Family Memorial; Jane Curran-Meuli, Holy Family Memorial Chief Operating Officer and Registered Nurse; Sue Schmeichel, Registered Nurse and Nurse Navigator for Cancer Services at Holy Family Memorial; Brianna Neuser, Assistant Dean of the School of Professional Studies at Silver Lake College; and Judith Hansen, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Center for Nursing. The proclamation declared, in part, “The demand for registered nursing services will be greater than ever because of the aging of the American population, the continuing expansion of life-sustaining technologies and the explosive growth of home healthcare services, and more qualified registered nurses will be needed in the future to meet the increasingly complex needs of healthcare consumers in this community.”)