Georgia's Message for National Nurses Week
May 10, 2016
By Susan Stinson, SVP, Operations, Clinical Services, Lash Group
National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6th through May 12th to commemorate the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. And, it’s a time to recognize ALL those who have chosen a nursing career. Lash Group honors and recognizes the nurses across our many patient support programs that work hard each day to ensure patients receive the best possible care.
I recently had the opportunity to spend a few hours wih an extraordinary nurse, Georgia, who was my first nursing supervisor. This was likely the last time I will spend with Georgia, as she is in stage three with multiple myeloma.
Georgia is a nurse of 40 plus years and served as a phenomenal mentor and leader. She worked in a 300-bed community hospital where she was the house supervisor for many years. Everyone in the community knows her - she was the face of the hospital in the community.
Under Georgia’s watch, many of us obsessed about proper hand washing, precise vital signs, accurate patient identification, prevention of medication errors, complete patient assessments...and the list goes on and on. I can still hear the click, click, click of her shoes coming down the hall making her house supervisor rounds.
During my recent afternoon visit with Georgia, she had a very interesting perspective on her career and what was really important. She reflected upon all of the best practices, rules of the road, and the do’s and don’ts of professional practice. Despite her long nursing career she said that, in fact, the past 18 months of her own life journey had taught her more about nursing than in all her previous years – as a patient she saw what it really meant to be a nurse. Georgia explained that her experience as a terminal cancer patient made her appreciate how each one of her nurses strived to keep that perfect balance of practice requirements in check with the human side of dealing with a dying patient. Most of the conversation that afternoon was about how she had never realized the need of a simple thank you and acknowledgement of all that nurses do every day on behalf of their patients.
I asked Georgia if I could share our conversation during Nurse Appreciation week and she glowed with the same intensity that I remember from her days clicking down the hall. So, THANK YOU to all Nurses during this special week!