My mom in happier times with Greta, me, and Lara
Nurses are amazing, truly, for all they do, put up with and make happen—and most of it generally goes unnoticed. The nurses that took care of my mom were so dedicated and even did things for her that they weren’t supposed to—like getting her up out of bed without the help of another nurse, giving her extra treats (even in those final days my mom loved her chocolate!) and just watching out for her best interests. I remember the day we had to go tell the staff at the care facility she’d recently been at that she had passed away. They were as emotional as we were, and I thought, I wonder how they can do this kind of work? It must be so hard to have to say goodbye to patients you have bonded with, but somehow they do.
I reached out to some nurses I know to find out what they like best about their job and it made me realize that they truly have a love for their job, tough days and all.
“I have 3 favorite things about being a nurse. First, is the relationships I am able to make, not just with patients, but their families, and my coworkers as well. I have had the most unique experiences with people through this profession. Second, I enjoy the challenges nursing brings to my life. There is always something to learn every single day. Finally, being a nurse is a broad term. You can go anywhere you want- from sitting at a desk to flying in the air and going to save people on the ground. There is so much variety. I love being a nurse!” – Kat Kinseth, RN CEN Adult Emergency Department at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa
“One of the most rewarding parts of my job is connecting and learning from others. I may take care of patients who have the same diagnosis, but everyone handles the situation differently, and I honestly learn something new about people or life in general, everyday. Of course, not all the things I learn are so-called “good,” for example, violence, suicide, etc, but it definitely makes me stronger as a person and professional.” – Brandee Kuznia, a Med-Surg RN at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota
“The best part of my job is the inspiration I get, on a daily basis, from my patients and their families…such hope and strength in the face of some great adversity. An excellent reminder to enjoy life each day!” – Theresa Britt, a Radiation Therapist at Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines, Iowa
“You’ve never truly lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – A favorite quote of Wendie Snyder, a Clinical Nurse Supervisor at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania
I am amazed at the compassion and love for meeting new people that keeps these nurses going strong. They, along with all of the other nurses, are who we honor this week and to them we say THANK YOU! If you know a nurse, make sure to wish them a Happy National Nurses Week!
Normally I include a picture of Hayley at the end of my blog, but I thought I would share a picture of my niece, Brandee Kuznia, who has two adorable pups that she enjoys when she isn’t working as a nurse
Brandee, Gypsy, and Martini!