Bon Secours Charity Health System Hospitals Participate in 2010 Million Nurse Moment

WARWICK (January 1, 2010) - At noon on Friday, January 1, nurses and other healthcare providers in the Bon Secours Charity Health System, which includes Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis; Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern; and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, assembled at their various stations for a moment of mediation and prayer.

They had paused that first day of the International Year of the Nurse to join their sisters and brothers worldwide in a 2010 Million Nurse Moment Prayer to honor the sacredness of humankind and their particular calling as compassionate healthcare providers. The Million Nurse prayer was read over each hospital’s loud speakers so that everyone, including nurses who were not able to leave bedsides and their patients could also participate.

“We were reminded,” said Mary Del Guidice, RN, Senior Vice President Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer for Bon Secours Charity Health System, “that as nurses we need to return to where we started and continue to include caring and love with what we do everyday.”

The Million Nurse Global Caring Field project is led by internationally known Human Caring Theorist Jean Watson, PhD, RN, who inspired nurses and other healthcare providers at all Bon Secours hospitals nationwide to participate. The goal was for a million or more nurses throughout the world to pause and pray together for love, compassion, forgiveness and caring.

Dr. Jean Watson is Distinguished Professor of Nursing and holds an endowed Chair in Caring Science at the University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center. She is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and the International Caritas Consortium, a network of systems using caring theory to transform practitioners and systems. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and previously served as Dean of Nursing at the University Health Sciences Center.

The Million Nurse Project event was inspired by recent evidence that humans meditating or praying on heart-centered feelings of love, gratitude, forgiveness, compassion and caring radiate an electromagnetic field several feet beyond themselves. And when working with a heart centered loving and caring consciousness there is more coherence in the human electromagnetic field radiating from the heart.

“Our intention,” stated Dr. Watson, “is to radiate a global field of Loving – Caring consciousness into the Infinite Field of Universal Love to which we all belong.”

The Million Nurse Project is consistent with the remarkable history and nursing ministry of the Sisters of Bon Secours, an International congregation of women religious that has been bringing compassion, healing and liberation to those in need for almost two centuries. As stated in the Bon Secours Health System’s Million Nurse Global Field Project, “The practice of loving kindness to one another extends beyond those we serve or health care practices. Caritas is caring and love, the universal intentional life force that sustains humanity and the human spirit.”

Bon Secours Charity Health System includes three New York hospitals: Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis; Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern; and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick. Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the region's only open heart surgical center at its Suffern campus and the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted-living and adult-home facility, and several other community based medical programs. It serves over half a million people in seven counties and three states. Bon Secours Charity Health System is a member of the Bon Secours Health System, Inc., based in Marriottsville, Maryland which is a not-for-profit Catholic health system employing more than 20,000 caregivers in 7 states. For more information visit

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