By Sharon Aron Baron
In honor of National Nurses Week, pet therapy dogs Karma and Willow from the Humane Society walked the hospital floors at Broward Health Coral Springs with a trick up their sleeves – a “paw tap” that broadcasts a gratitude voice message to nurses.
With much appreciation and a full heart, nurses embraced the visit with belly rubs and hugs enough to fill their love tanks to continue their work shift.
“This was a nice surprise to break my day because nurses can benefit from the positive vibes of dog therapy too,” said pediatric nurse Ariela Ben-Nehemiya. “It was honestly the best surprise today!”
To alleviate stress during their work shifts, Marni Bellavia, manager of the Pet Assisted Program for the Humane Society of Broward County, is happy to bring the dogs back to the nurses to say thank you for what they do for the community.
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
“We look forward to more visits in the coming year so we can continue to bring more smiles,” said Bellavia.
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