Nurses are wired to help people. Whether that’s taking care of newborns in the birthing center, helping patients who come into the emergency department after an unexpected injury, or helping seniors stay active after a surgery, ask any nurse, and he or she will tell you their No. 1 goal is to help their patient.
It doesn’t matter if that’s in the ICU or on a phone call, it’s a part of their DNA.
And so as the chief nursing officer at Aurora Medical Center Kenosha, where we are proud to call hundreds of registered nurses, nursing assistants and nurse practitioners our colleagues, on this National Nurses Week (May 6 to 12), we thank them.
Each patient experience is unique and meaningful. It’s not uncommon to hear from our patients about how great the team was in helping them and their family.
What is uncommon is for anyone to hear from our nurses because they avoid the spotlight and instead focus on what brought them into this career – a mission of helping patients.
Yet some stories of our nurses need to be told. Here are two recent stories that come to mind here in Kenosha.
Deona Davis, an RN in our Cardiology and Neurology department, was nominated by Pam, who was so appreciative of the care Deona provided for her brother. Pam said their family will always remember Deona doing her job with a big heart and caring for the whole person, not just their medical condition. Deona spent time listening and advocated for their brother.
Deona’s passion for her work and commitment to helping families during a very difficult time is a testament to the kind of nurses at Aurora Health Care. Thanks, Deona!
Lisa Jurgens, a member of our surgery department, was nominated for a Daisy Award by her patient when Lisa recognized her failing health and helped her move to the ICU and get on the road to recovery. The patient explains that, “Lisa’s constant checks, communication with doctors and efforts to get me the urgent care I needed when I took a turn for the worse helped me feel like I was going to be OK. I truly knew she cared for me and my well-being.”
These are just two samples of the thousands of nurses in our community who make a difference in the lives of patients every day. Across the Aurora Health Care system, more than 10,000 nurses help patients every day. And across the new Advocate Aurora Health, that number nearly doubles to 20,000 nurses across Wisconsin and Illinois – all focused on helping bring smiles and comfort to our patients and their families.
This Nurses Week and every day, let me just say thank you to all nurses. Thank you for your work, for your passion, and for your smiles. In some of life’s hardest moments, you are our patient’s truest allies, and we are all grateful for your commitment to others. Happy Nurses Week!
Donna Jamieson is the chief nursing officer at the Aurora Medical Center Kenosha