As a staffing and workforce solutions company specialized in healthcare, there is no shortage of appreciation within the Medix team for the men and women at all levels of the nursing profession. Every Nurses Week, we get excited to express that gratitude, however, Nurses Week 2020 is different. Saying “thank you” is simply not enough in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead, teammates across the organization shared stories about this incredible profession. From Molly, our leader of Medix Clinical Research who is also a nurse, to Amanda, whose husband is cancer-free because of nurses’ diligence, to proud spouses of nurses, Tony, Sean and Josh, here are stories about how nurses and the nursing profession has impacted their lives.
“[My patient’s] strength, compassion, and determination has forever been etched in my heart, and I knew I picked the right profession.”
“The summer before my senior year in nursing school, I had the privilege to work as a summer extern in a pediatric hospital. I was about four weeks into my externship when I was assigned to do dressing changes for a seven-year-old girl. By the time I met her, she had already undergone ten surgeries including skin grafts, facial and body reconstruction. Her father had set her house on fire, killing her mother and brother. She was the sole survivor. She was wrapped in bandages almost head to toe. Her face was being reconstructed, and she had few tufts of hair on her head. I was so overwhelmed; I didn’t know where to begin. I had never seen such cruelty. While I was trying to collect myself, the young girl told me in a calm voice, ‘Start with my legs, and work your way up. Go slow and steady. Do not stop, even if I cry.’ I collected the dressing supplies and followed her instructions. When I finished the dressing change, she then instructed me to pick out a cute outfit with matching ribbons for her hair because she was going bowling that afternoon.
I went into nursing because I wanted to care for other people. At that moment, the patient was taking care of me. Her strength, compassion, and determination has forever been etched in my heart, and I knew I picked the right profession.”
Molly D., MHA BSN NEA-BC OCN CCRC, Executive Director of Medix Clinical Research
“Had [our nurse] not gone the extra mile for us, Trent’s cancer wouldn’t have been fully eliminated!”
“My husband never would have become cancer-free without nurses. He was supported by nurses who checked on him every hour through the night after he had an extreme chemo treatment in Paris, France. They spoke no English, but they were still able to communicate with Trent and me, and it still amazes me how well they understood his needs without him speaking.
After Paris, Trent received five weeks of radiation in New York, and we grew extremely close with his nurse from Sloan Kettering. Ro has a larger-than-life personality, and she eased our nerves through laughter and confidence. Ro went above and beyond to get tissue slides sent back to New York City to ensure his cancer hadn’t spread to other places in his body. She was able to collect additional records from Paris (with a huge language barrier and international time zone delays) that showed an area in Trent’s hand that needed attention. Had she not gone the extra mile for us, Trent’s cancer wouldn’t have been fully eliminated!”
Amanda T., Account Manager
“When COVID-19 struck, she was asked to take on a new challenge.”
“Over the past 13 years, I’ve gained unparalleled respect for the nursing profession. My wife’s journey has been amazing to witness. Amanda started off in pediatric oncology where, in addition to caring for some of the most vulnerable and sick children in the country, she leveraged her holistic nursing education to comfort families enduring unimaginable challenges. She’s been in general pediatrics and even worked as a Camp Nurse, among many other roles!
When COVID-19 struck, she was asked to take on a new challenge. She temporarily stepped out of her current role as a Quality and Compliance Nurse to set up COVID-19 workflows and training for all outpatient staff. After that she collaborated with infection control to quickly set up a new COVID-19 Call Center.
I always appreciate the opportunity that Nurses Week brings to celebrate our nurses and all that they do for us. Thank you to all of them!”
Tony S., Regional Director
“That was a scary time for us, but she was ready to go and support in that fight if needed.”
“My wife, Anna, works as a Nurse Practitioner in Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant at a major hospital in Dallas. She is not specifically battling COVID-19, but she did have her leadership team announce to all of them that if the COVID unit began to be overwhelmed, she and some of her colleagues might be tapped on the shoulder to come down and help out on those floors. That was a scary time for us, but she was ready to go and support in that fight if needed. However, thankfully, in the past week or so, Dallas has come out and said they feel they will not be overrun from a capacity standpoint, as we are starting to hit the peak and get over the hump.
Anna has been a voice of information and reason for both of our families and friends, helping people understand what we are dealing with in this confusing and scary time.”
Sean D., IT Practice Leader
“Taylor and so many of her co-workers go into work everyday, knowing they could possibly get the virus.”
“Wow! Where to start! There really aren’t enough words to describe the gratitude I have for my wife and all of the medical professionals out there! My wife’s name is Taylor, and she has been an ER Nurse for two years now. Like everyone else, our world was flipped upside down when the Coronavirus broke out. Taylor and so many of her co-workers go into work everyday, knowing that they could possibly get the virus. She has consistently pulled 10-day-straight, 12-hour-long shifts in order to have more nurses on staff to treat the many patients who come through the hospital doors. Everyday they sacrifice their physical health and even the health of their loved ones who they go home to every night. Nurses cannot truly be thanked enough for all they do for people like you and me. They don’t do it to be seen or for recognition, they do it because it is just of their natural instinct and desire to serve others!”
Josh C., Recruiter
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, nurses, for all you do. Happy Nurses Week 2020!
If you or somebody you know is a nurse, looking for your next opportunity to positively impact a life, Medix is ready to support your career goals. Visit our careers page to learn more.