Nurses week

Dear Nurses:
Maryville Thanks You

It’s Nurse Appreciation Week, and we wanted to show you how much we appreciate you — and all the brave nurses working hard to keep us healthy and safe. Your courage and commitment mean so much to so many.

We hope you take these messages to heart ― because we are truly grateful for all that you do. Thank you for choosing to be a compassionate caregiver.


Photo grid expressing thanks to nurses for all they do

A message from Dr. Lombardi

President of Maryville University

I would like to thank all nurses in all fields for your dedication to your patients — your work is appreciated and admired. Your compassion, optimism, and kindness do not go unnoticed. You are able to brighten up your patients’ days no matter what they are going through. You are able to ease their pain and put smiles on their faces. We cannot thank you enough for everything you do. You are our heroes who shine very bright, and we hope we are able to put a smile on your faces, which is a small token of our appreciation. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

— Lara A.,
Enrollment Advisor

To all nurses — thank you for being brave. Thank you for your dedication, strength, resilience, and compassion. Thank you for always being there when we need you. We may not always say it often enough, but you are so appreciated. Thank you!

— Kylie D.,
Marketing Manager

“Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses. … We must be learning all of our lives.” – Florence Nightingale

This quote is special to me because I have the joy of speaking to nurses about their education. I am delighted to be a nursing admission advisor. Nursing is a calling, and only special people can hear the voice. I am proud of the nurses of Maryville University. You make Maryville special with all you do. Be safe!

— Corliss W.,
Senior Enrollment Advisor

A message from Dr. Buck

Dr. Elizabeth Buck, Assistant Dean for Nursing and Director of the Online Nursing Program

Nurses seem to have always been the unsung heroes of the healthcare world. How unfortunate it is that it’s taken a pandemic to bring recognition to the work that is taken for granted by so many, even ourselves. We don’t want to toot our horns for doing the work that we have been educated to do and that is our passion. But the cat sure is out of the bag now, and it’s gratifying that people all over the world now realize how crucial we are to the health and well-being of global citizens.

It is most fitting that 2020 is the Year of the Nurse Worldwide, in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12. So in honor of all of you and the contributions you make every day, the faculty and I want to wish you a very heartfelt happy Nurse Appreciation Week, because you deserve it so much.

I am honored to work as an enrollment advisor for many hard-working and dedicated nurses across the globe. I’m super thankful for the compassion and commitment demonstrated by nurses. Thank you for all you do, and happy Nurse Appreciation Week!

— Maria G.,
Enrollment Advisor

Thank you nurses for going above and beyond every day — especially during this time when there is so much uncertainty and things are moving so fast. I hope you know there are so many of us out here rooting for you, thanking you, and praying for you. You’re our heroes.

— Carly K.,
Associate Director of Marketing

I’d like to thank nurses for the compassion and empathy they bring to work every day. Nurses serve our communities, our families, our loved ones; and beyond the exceptional care, the emotional support and comfort they provide is remarkable. Thank you.

— Donna K.,
Marketing Manager

A message from the Maryville community

It is with great humility that I write to our nurses to thank you for your selflessness and strength during this time, and always. I am in awe of the courage and commitment you regularly exhibit to your patients and communities. One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to read your personal statements and essays; every one of you is, quite literally, changing lives for the better. Happy Nurses Week!

— Rachel T.,
Recruitment Manager

To our nurses — thank you. How can we possibly thank you enough for what you are doing for our country? With all the selfless acts you are doing each day you are exactly like a superhero. I thank you for taking care of patients day in and day out and risking your own health and your families’ health. You truly are heroes, and each and every day I thank God for people like you. God bless you and your families. Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay alive.

— Karen T.,
Senior Enrollment Advisor

My daughter Ava learned so much being hospitalized during COVID, such as why pandemics were so dangerous and what it meant to self-quarantine. I am thankful every day of the people who go out on the front lines to ensure that at-risk patients like my daughter with asthma have a speedy recovery and a safe environment while I was also unable to be at her side due to quarantine. During such crazy times they are our rock and strength. Thank you so much for everything that you do nurses!

– Danay C.,
Senior Enrollment Advisor


I am thankful for nurses across the United States who work tirelessly to keep all of us safe and healthy. Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. I am eternally grateful for the fact that you are on the front lines of healthcare every day fighting for all of us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do to provide excellent care for your patients!

– Kerry F.,
Enrollment Advisor

Thank you for being front-line heroes each and every day, day in and day out. I appreciate you for your selflessness and overall dedication to your patients to give them the best care they need and deserve. Thank you for choosing to serve and care!

— Chelsea K.,
Enrollment Advisor

Thank you nurses for your strength, courage, and sacrifice during this time. Our future is bright because of you.

— Cat P.,
Partnership Manager


Nurses are the best! My mom spent her entire career as a nurse working in nursing homes and with hospice. I not only got to see firsthand the amount of dedication and hard work that goes into being a nurse, but also the deep level of care, compassion, and mental fortitude they embody. That is not easy to do day in day out considering some of the tragic situations they can experience. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the nursing community and will be forever grateful to those who step into that role! Thank you so much for all that you do!

— Matt M.,
Associate Director of Recruitment

I appreciate nurses because it’s more clear now than ever that they are vital to the safety and well-being of every person they come into contact with. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything you do!

— Kyle J.,
Maryville University Library Evening Operations and Reference Specialist

I appreciate nurses because of the selfless and caring way they care for my loved ones, especially during these difficult times. Nurses are special people who make the world a better place. Thanks for all you do!

— Stephanie E.,
Vice President for Operational Excellence

To all of our nurses across the country: We cannot thank you enough for the sacrifices you are making to serve on the front lines to fight this pandemic. Your Maryville fam appreciates you! #ThankANurse #SaintsNation

– Katherine L.,
Dean, School of Adult and Online Education

Having worked with nursing students in the area for close to 10 years, I am humbled and grateful for the contributions that nurses are making to the St. Louis community. COVID-19 has highlighted the strength, skill, and compassion that nurses bring to their profession every day.

— Nick S.,
Assistant Director, School of Adult and Online Education

My mom was a nurse and I was amazed at how much energy and empathy she had for her patients. Nurses are unbelievably selfless and caring, and I have enormous respect for what you do every day. Make sure to take care of yourself — your well-being matters too!

— Marcia S.,
Vice President for Integrated Marketing and Communications

I’d like to thank ALL the nurses out there who put their lives at risk for us every day — you are ALL true heroes! More now than ever before, we all realize the impact of our front line folks. NURSES, thank you so much!

— Kathy M.,
Coordinator, Student Success

I appreciate nurses because they provide care, support, and encouragement when needed the most. Especially at this point in history, as nurses are faced with so many challenges, I am in awe of the ways they provide comfort to patients when their loved ones cannot be physically present.

— Elizabeth S.,
Assistant Vice President, Operational Systems and Quality Assurance

Thank you to the dedicated, hard-working nurses in St. Louis and around the country. Your role with current workplace challenges, long hours, and keeping your patients as your top priority are greatly appreciated. Every day, YOU make a big difference. Believe in yourself because we believe in you!

— Michele N.,
Assistant Director of Admissions

We salute you nurses! On behalf of everyone at the Division of Student Life, thank you for all that you do!

I appreciate nurses for their tireless work providing outstanding medical care and so much more to their patients! The courage and compassion that you model each day is an inspiration to us all. Thank you for all you do!

— Jessica N.,
Chief of Staff to the President

I appreciate nurses for their daily acts of selflessness and being on the front lines during this pandemic. Thank you for all you do!

– Sammi B.,
Marketing Manager