Thankful for Nurses
May 09, 2018
A nurse’s job is not your typical 9-to-5 position. Each day is momentous, exhilarating, exhausting and energizing. It is impossible to portray a typical day for a nurse as every day is different and every nurse position varies. But in celebration of all these dedicated healthcare workers, here’s a glimpse.
Many nurses start their day by checking equipment, patient assignment, counting narcotics, reviewing charts and medications, receiving patient reports, checking vitals, delivering patients’ meals and more – all within the first hour they are at work. Nurses plan their work so that if additional patients arrive, they will be ready.
Nurses are not just responsible for patients. Many are also responsible for continuing education, scheduling, orientations, job shadowing, providing middle and high school education, and even attending job fairs. The nursing team at Huron Regional Medical Center attends meetings daily as well.
Although nurses will often tell you that there are daily duties associated with their career, every day is slightly different. New patients, new challenges and new opportunities to serve all arise. Nurses face many obstacles day to day. One of the biggest challenges in the field is staying up to date on the latest patient care. New information comes in at a rapid pace, so it’s important to always be learning.
Nurses build relationships. With their patients, they develop a bond and a sense of trust. With their fellow nurses, they develop a family. Why is that family life so important to the nursing community? Because nurses often miss events and holidays with their own families. Birthdays, holidays and children’s activities .... all big life events that nurses sometimes sacrifice to ensure the care of their patients.
Twelve-hour shifts are not uncommon in the nursing field. Oftentimes, nurses stay after their shift until it’s safe for patients and their fellow staff members can relieve them from their position. When they arrive home, they still have their lives to balance. Nurses are sometimes so busy taking care of their patients, they may not take time to consider their own needs.
Nurses are incredibly important to the health experience. Nurses catch subtle changes. Nurses are the patient’s biggest advocate, caregiver, cheerleader, translator, comforter, provider and friend. Nurses are among the most intelligent, thoughtful, caring and passionate people in health care.
During National Nurses’ Week, we want to thank the HRMC nurses as well as all nurses that serve our community and this great country. We thank you for dedicating your life to your profession. We thank you for the kind, compassionate care you give your patients. We thank you for the hours you devote to this hospital. We thank you for being advocates for your patients. We thank you for choosing an oftentimes thankless career.
Thank you, nurses! You are all true heroes in health care!
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