Nursing is a Work of Heart

National Nurses Week: Recognizing exemplary patient care delivered through a passionate, empowered professional nursing team 


Lillee Gelinas
Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN


Throughout CHRISTUS Health’s rich history, nurses demonstrate a constant presence of compassion and are at the very center of our mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Nurses are on the frontlines delivering quality care 24/7 all across the CHRISTUS system, serving with dedication and a strong  commitment to quality patient care.


This year, the American Nurses Association through its Culture of Safety campaign, has made it a priority to emphasize patient safety and the importance of safe work environments for nurses. Therefore, during National Nurses Week, the annual observance recognizing the unique contributions of nurses to health care, the theme focuses on safety. You’ll notice the nurses week logo “Culture of Safety” on banners and posters in all of our facilities.   The theme reminds us that the history of nursing  is inextricably linked to both the tradition  of caring and the continuing quest to improve healthcare.


On behalf of the thousands of nurses who practice in CHRISTUS Health, we give thanks this week for their devotion to all of the patients in our  service.  Take the opportunity to thank a CHRISTUS nurse!

Thank you,

Lillee Gelinas



Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN is System Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer for CHRISTUS Health.  With over 35 years of experience in health care, she is a nationally recognized clinical leader. In her role at CHRISTUS, she is responsible for ensuring nursing and allied health care is delivered within the framework of evidence-based practice throughout the CHRISTUS Health system. She works in collaboration with regional Chief Nursing Executives, hospital Chief Nursing Officers, senior administrative leaders, physicians, and boards of trustees to lead the strategic direction, system-wide planning and clinical standardization for all aspects of nursing professional practice and education.



National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th(RN  recognition day) and ends on May 12th (Florence Nightingale’s birthday). These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event.

In addition to the National Nurses Week events in the United States, “International Nurse Day” is celebrated on May 12 as proclaimed by the International Council of Nurses, and is a globally recognized observance.