Since 1993, the American Nurses Association has identified May 6-12 as National Nurses Week. These dates are significant because the week ends on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12. These seven days allow healthcare organizations to celebrate nurses.
At Ascension Via Christi in Manhattan, we have more than 130 nurses who care for patients at the bedside, perform exams in our clinics and provide calming support in our operating rooms. These hard-working men and women provide compassionate care to our friends, families and neighbors in this region. In the past few months, we have been fortunate to recruit more clinical staff to ensure we can continue caring for those most in need.
A nurse is often the first person to administer care to a patient. Our team works around the clock to care for the sick and the injured. When faced with a challenge, nurses act and make changes to provide high-quality and safe patient care, yet they may not consciously recognize the tremendous impact they have on patients and family members.
We recently recognized our 4th quarter DAISY Award recipient, Eric Young, a registered nurse in our intensive care unit. Nurses are nominated for the DAISY Award by patients, family members, physicians and fellow associates. The award is presented to outstanding nurses for their compassion, professionalism and dedication to the excellent care of their patients.
Eric was nominated twice, but the nomination that really stood out was from one of our radiology associates:
"I was pushing a patient (in his bed) back to ICU after performing a CT scan. The patient commented on the sun being out as we passed the small outdoor area between our two departments. When we arrived back in his room, the family asked how it had gone. I told them he did great and almost got to see a little sunshine. Eric was walking back in the room as the conversation was taking place. He asked the man if he wanted to see the sunshine. The patient responded yes. Eric turned the bed around and the man was smiling from ear to ear as Eric pushed his ICU bed out the door and toward the window. Eric is a great example of the main component of being a great healthcare provider – compassion."
I am honored to work alongside Eric and all our nurses who chose this honorable and much-needed profession. Thank you for all you do!
Jennifer Goehring, RN, BSN, MHCL
Chief Nursing Officer
Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan