HATTIESBURG, MS - Nurses save lives, and Forrest General Hospital added the power of prayer to their hands Monday morning.
After breakfast, the nurses gathered for the "blessing of the hands" in the lobby. It's a part of Forrest General Hospital's National Nurses Week celebration.
Mayor Toby Barker made the proclamation, which was followed by a prayer for the nurses.
The hospital has activities scheduled throughout the week to show appreciation to those nurses caring for the community. They'll announce their nurses of the year on Friday.
"I have to keep saying nurses save lives. It is a calling, and it is something we love as nurses. It's important that nurses are recognized," said Ora Shaheed, Vice President of Support Operations at Forrest General Hospital.
This week's celebrations coincide with the birthday of the woman who paved the way, the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.