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Parkview unveils artwork celebrating nurses

Posted: Friday, October 23, 2020

Artwork honoring nurses was installed at all Parkview hospitals today, culminating a weeklong celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

“Broken but Not Divided,” which conveys the many emotions of nurses as they work through the pandemic and national conversations around race in 2020, was created by Danielle Barger-Muncie, holistic nursing leader for Parkview’s Allen County hospitals.

Originally created for the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s 2020 Chalk Walk at Home, her piece won the contest’s People’s Choice Award and was widely shared across social media. It touched so many people that Parkview leaders had prints created so it could be displayed in all Parkview hospital locations.

Barger-Muncie, who earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art before becoming a nurse, said, “I was thinking through the events of this year and wondering how to put them in image form. There is so much fear and hostility across the globe and across populations.

“It has been my experience that nursing is a population of its own,” she continued. “There is a natural camaraderie in this profession. There is a kindred connection from knowing we’ve had similar experiences that sometimes cannot be put into words. There is enough common ground that I think nurses often see each other just as nurses rather than by age, gender or race. Why don’t we always do that?

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected people across the globe without regard to demographics. I feel like our equality as humans should naturally rise over our differences in the wake of this. I tried to make this image gender-neutral and inclusive of all skin colors while showing some of the emotions nurses have experienced during this frontline fight.”

The artwork unveiling was part of Parkview’s weeklong celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. The week included special recognition of nurses with awards, T-shirts and a virtual conference with a national nursing consultant.

“The World Health Organization designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” said Doug Selig, vice president, Patient Care Services, PHH, “and during this pandemic, nurses have been front and center in caring for the most challenging patients under trying circumstances. This art is a powerful expression of the humanity and professionalism of our nurses as they’ve faced uncertainty yet demonstrated the resilience, teamwork and compassion needed by patients and their families, co-workers and the community. This year we also celebrate the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. I think she would be proud to see the amazing nurses who have followed in her footsteps.”

For more about the artist and the artwork, visit the Parkview Health Facebook page and read the October 7 post, “Broken But Not Divided.” It can also be found on www.parkview.com via the “Parkview blog” link under the “Well-Being” drop-down menu on the homepage.

Shown in the photo is Doug Selig, vice president of Patient Care Services at Parkview Huntington Hospital as he unveils the artwork. The artwork was created by Parkview nurse Danielle Barger-Muncie. The art has been installed as part of the health system’s celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.