Cheers to your favorite Nurses…
Occasionally, we invite special guests writers to Little Things. Last week we celebrated National Nursing Week here at Nationwide Children’s so it was only appropriate to ask Linda Stoverock, our fabulous Chief Nursing officer to share her thoughts. Join me in celebrating our amazing nurses. Be sure to post a comment about your favorite Nationwide Children’s nurse. They’re the best!
On May 12, the nursing community celebrated the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is considered to be the founder of nursing practice. It was a great time to celebrate nursing as a profession, and for me, to reflect on my nursing practice.
I knew I wanted to be a nurse when I was 14 years old. I had not been around healthcare people until I lived with my aunt, uncle and cousin. My cousin was 8 years old and had a congenital defect which caused problems for him each time he encountered a bacteria like strep or any virus. We would make many trips to the pediatric emergency department where the nurses and doctors would work quickly to give him IV fluids and medications. The nurses were so good at making him feel comfortable, as well as my very scared aunt and uncle and me. I didn’t know then how much their interactions with our family would influence my values for family centered care.
Today, I have the pleasure of leading 2,330 nurses, each with a passion to provide high quality care that embraces the parent’s role as a partner in healthcare. Nurses working closely with other team members, are carefully listening to very important information the family is offering to ensure some subtle clue to the illness is not missed. Nurses look for ways to find creative solutions to help a family understand their child’s medical needs and adapt the plan to each families life.
Nurses are often the thread that weaves all the different people, medicine, treatments, and therapies together so the child and family has a unique plan to create the best health for them.
Every detail in every child’s plan matters. Every nurse that contributes to their plan matters! Thanks to all the nurses at Nationwide Children’s for the contributions to the families we serve!
We would love to hear stories about a nurse who made a difference in your life.