National Nurses Week is celebrated annually May 6-12 to recognize the positive impact nurses make on our communities by providing public health education; wellness and disease prevention; advocating for health care policy improvements; and focusing on patient-centered care and safety both in and out of the workplace.
As a student at Chamberlain University's College of Nursing, I wanted to take this opportunity during National Nurses Week to thank my peers and all of the practicing nurses for putting the needs of their patients above their own. Their drive and dedication to serving others is apparent — both locally and globally.
As students, we look up to those in the field and can see firsthand how nurses put their profession, patients and commitment to education before themselves, constantly sacrificing their time and energy for the good of the patients and families they serve. They are what we call extraordinary nurses.
Personally, several nursing faculty and colleagues I interact with on a daily basis exemplify the type of nurse I wish to become. Specifically, my coworker Christina Macklin has truly influenced me on how I interact with patients. She is one of the most hardworking individuals I have seen and gives it 110 percent when providing care for patients. She advocates for them when she feels something is not right and will go toe to toe with doctors with the information to back it up. Christina always takes the time to talk to her patients to help build those relationships, even if she may behind schedule.
I find myself taking more time to talk to my patients and giving them a little extra attention as it can truly change their experience while getting treatment. You can tell that her patients enjoy having her as a nurse and she shows me daily the type of extraordinary nurse I can only hope to be. I encourage everyone to reflect on the value that nurses and nursing brings to each of us and join my fellow students in acknowledging local nurses and others who have shaped and supported us on our journey. They have served as wonderful examples, and we aspire to one day provide that same level of care to our own patients.
Additionally, to those family members and friends who advocate for and encourage us in pursing our passion to transform health care — thank you. In an ever-changing healthcare climate, it is important to have the support of our loved ones as we work to fulfill this role in the community.