There are many reasons that may lead a person to join the nursing profession. Be it a constant yearning to care for others, the memory of a hospital experience with a loved one, or even the hope of changing someone’s life; one thing is certain-being a nurse is more than a job, it’s an integral part of who one is.
Southern Ohio Medical Center and healthcare facilities around the country will honor those professionals who have made an undying commitment to providing exceptional patient care during National Nurses Week May 6-12.
“National Nurses Week is always an important event for our hospital because it gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the individuals who dedicate themselves to bettering the lives of others,” Claudia Burchett, chief nursing officer and vice president of SOMC Patient Services, said.
Burchett explained that National Nurses Week is annually set aside to highlight the many ways that nurses work to improve health care. The recognition, sponsored by the American Nurses Association, is timed to coincide with National Nurses Day, May 6, and the birthday of Florence Nightengale, who is known as the founder of modern nursing. This year’s celebration theme is “Nurses Trusted To Care.”
“The nurses at SOMC play many roles, from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner, and they serve with passion for the profession and a strong commitment to excellence,” Burchett said. “But no matter the title, each nurse at our hospital goes above the norm to ensure that our patients and their families are receiving excellent care.”
Julie Hiles, assistant nurse manager of SOMC Pediatrics and the Emergency Department, said that the act of caring is truly what the nursing profession is all about, and is what led her to nursing school almost 20 years ago.
“Though nursing is sort of a tradition in my family, I love being able to care for people and actually make a difference in their lives. Whether I’m there in the best of times or worst of times, I’m with families and patients in their time of healing and that’s what matters most.”
Palliative Care Case Manager Jenni Smathers echoed Hiles’ sentiments, adding that the simple act of caring can leave a lasting impression that ultimately shapes someone’s life.
“I remember when my grandmother was a hospice patient and how well she was treated by the nurses and staff. They wanted to make everything perfect for her and our family, and it was that dedication that made me become a nurse. I love being a caretaker and this career allows me to reach out to so many people. I’ve never considered being anything else.”
Other nurses at SOMC also agreed that their work environment truly allows their devotion to shine, offering an atmosphere that gives each person the ability to do what they love the most.
“At SOMC, nothing is done on an individual level; we’re always working as a team to provide the best outcomes,” Mary Beth Coriell, registered nurse of SOMC Maternity Services, said. “Having that support system behind you is one of the most reassuring feelings and it’s wonderful to work with others who love what they do and are at the top of their game. Our dedication has put us among the top 6 percent of hospitals across the country that have earned Magnet designation and I think that accomplishment speaks for itself.”
“The culture at SOMC is different than anywhere else; everyone here treats one another like family and we’re surrounded by the most encouraging, positive attitudes,” Angie Veach, assistant nurse manager of SOMC Cardiovascular Testing, said. “From our leaders to our front line staff, we’re all supportive of one another and are here with the goal of providing excellent patient care. It’s nice to work among such great people and I thank them, and nurses everywhere, for their outstanding contributions to our profession.”