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National Nurses Week concludes Saturday

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Saturday, May 12 is the final day of National Nurses Week with Gundersen Health System empowering their nurses to new heights.

After starting as a Floor Nurse, Mao Kong is now the first graduate of Gundersen's Clinical Manager Fellowship Program.

The program helps nurses learn the managerial skills necessary to be an effective leader in the hospital.

Her passion for nursing comes from a drive to make a difference through caring for her patients, attracting the attention of hospital administrators. An Administrative Director approached Kong and pointed out her leadership potential, encouraging her to apply for the program.

Even when it is not Nurses Week, hospitals like Gundersen provide the tools to help their staff succeed.

"It doesn't matter what background, or what culture, or what ethnicity that we're from," Mao Kong, Clinical Manager at the Onalaska Gundersen Urgent Care Center, continues, "Gundersen is so good about, and truly embraces diversity and inclusion and making sure the staff here feels valued and feel respected."

A year-round compassion for their staff that helps nurses follow their passion.

"I think that's what's really important, having the people to guide you and having that chance of people seeing the potential in you and believing that I can do it, I can be a nurse as well. Just say yes to the opportunity," Kong finishes.

The final day of Nurses Week commemorates Florence Nightingale's birthday, the women credited as the founder of modern nursing.

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