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Today, Wednesday, May 6th, 2020, is National Nurses Day, kicking off National Nurses Week that ends on May 12th - the birthday of Florence Nightingale who is known as the founder of modern nursing.
There have been many salutes to our medical professionals in recent weeks because of the work they are doing in the fight against COVID-19, and this story is my personal salute to nurses.
Nurses are special people and chances are at some point in your life one has cared for you, connected with you, and made you feel like family.
That was the experience of Jim Anders, who was recently hospitalized with COVID-19. Jim says during his hospital stay, “I thanked them for being there, and they would almost immediately turn that right back around and say, ‘That’s why we are here, this is our profession to take care of you, and what can we do to make you more comfortable?’”
The current pandemic is bringing a new focus on what nurses do, day in and day out. The possibility of dealing with deadly infectious diseases, though, has always been a daily reality for them.
Mark Yoder, a registered nurse, is the manager of the Medical ICU and the special precautions unit at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora. Mark says, “We signed up for health care and I think included in that is a certain amount of risk. But we know that with proper equipment and training, we can keep ourselves safe.”
Nurses are always thinking of their patients’ needs. As challenging as their job can be at times, whether it’s during a pandemic or helping family members through a tragedy, seeing their patients safely to the other side of any situation is what makes their job so rewarding.
Jessica Yoo, a registered nurse and a nursing house supervisor at UCHealth Memorial in Colorado Springs, says that is especially the case right now. “I think we all find hope and joy and the fact that patients get to go home, and we are seeing patients go home and for us we celebrate with every discharge.”
So take time to say thanks to a nurse this coming week. Do something for them to let them know they are appreciated.
Nick Stremble, BSN, RN is the emergency department manager at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central and says the many tributes and gestures of gratitude that have already been shown to health care workers across the country and the world through the pandemic are greatly appreciated. “For the community to recognize all that nurses are doing, and what all health care workers on doing on the frontlines of this pandemic, is just fantastic.”
How do I know how special nurses are? I'm married to one, and I am so grateful and lucky to have her in my life.
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