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.

Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

2 thoughts on “Cheers to your favorite Nurses…

  1. Lisa Steele, RN CCRN on said:

    I have been a nurse here at Children’s for the past 18 years, all that time in the PICU. I have always been impressed by the strength of our families and the way my co-workers have handled these families. We truly are a special group helping these families through one of the toughest experiences they have ever had. This all became even more apparent to me recently as I was that family sitting at the bedside of my father, in the SICU, following a motorcycle accident. The nurses who took care of him were wonderful to him and my family, helping us through this difficult time. Nurses are sometimes the only ones that keep the family together. The roller coaster of emotions, that I have often discussed with my families, is something that is truly indescribable. Be patient with your families because they are truly just trying to get through the day and hold it together! Thank you to all my fellow RNs for a job well done! We are the lifeblood of this hospital and truly mean the world to our families!

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