Nearly four million nurses around the country provide extraordinary care to patients every day. In honor of these men and women, the WVU School of Nursing and WVU Medicine will celebrate National Nurses Week by hosting a Nurses Week Carnival at the Erickson Alumni Center on Wednesday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The carnival, which is free and open to the public, will include prizes, games, food and special appearances by the Mountaineer; Cooper, the Black Bears mascot; and WVU Medicine’s Monti Bear. Attendees can also enjoy free chair massages, grab a picture with a colleague at the photo booth, and purchase items from nearly 20 local vendors. WVU Medicine chaplains will also provide the Blessing of the Hands - a unique tradition often affiliated with Nurses Week.

A shuttle service between Ruby Memorial Hospital and the Erickson Alumni Center will be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

National Nurses Week (May 6-12) is held each year to celebrate and promote the nursing profession and the important roles nurses play in healthcare. This is the second year that the WVU School of Nursing and WVU Medicine have teamed up to host the carnival. Last year more than 250 people participated in the activities.