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National Nurses Week begins today and ends on May 12 (the birthday of Florence Nightingale, known as the founder of modern nursing).

Nurses are there during the most difficult and personal moments in your life—caring, educating and encouraging you and your family. They’re also working behind the scenes communicating with your doctors, coordinating your care and keeping you safe. Below, four extraordinary nurses share their stories.

We thank all the grateful patients and families who have said thank you to NorthShore nurses with charitable gifts to support nursing scholarships.

Donations to the Nursing Scholarship Fund, the Mary Keegan Bachelor of Science Nursing Scholarship and the Nancy T. Semerdjian Nursing Excellence Fund support those who are the heart and soul of NorthShore’s integrated healthcare delivery system.

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READ ON to learn how nurses ARE MAKING AN IMPACT
Itzel Gonzalez was the first recipient of the Mary Keegan Bachelor of Science Nursing Scholarship, established in 2020. Thanks to the generosity of donors, she is able to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Here she shares how much this means to her.

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Family Nurse Practitioner Tia-Monique Nelson shares why she went into healthcare. “It may sound a little bit like a fairy tale, but most of us really do go into medicine because we want to help others,” she said.

In December of 2020, NorthShore Glenbrook Hospital was NorthShore's designated COVID-19 hospital. Luisa Penepacker, RN, an ICU nurse with 29 years of experience, was at Glenbrook at the time. On this Healthy You podcast, she shares her journey from the front lines of the pandemic.

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Mary Elizabeth McDonough, RN, dreams about how she and her colleagues at NorthShore will celebrate when the COVID-19 pandemic finally disappears. In this Evanston RoundTable article, she describes the toll the pandemic has taken on her and her colleagues.

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View the latest information on COVID-19, including vaccine information, at

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NorthShore is here to help you with your healthcare needs. Same-day COVID-19 PCR testing is now available to anyone at all 20 NorthShore Immediate Care Centers. Test results may be available in as little as one hour. Visit to find a location near you. Walk-ins are welcome during the designated hours, but it’s always a good idea to call and let us know you’re coming.

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