By Misty Kevech, RN Project Coordinator and Crystal Welch, RN Project Coordinator
Home care and hospice nurses are a different breed. Their work is not easy. In addition to their composure, medical knowledge, and technical skill, they travel by cars, SUVs, trucks, buses, subways, and even seaplanes. The nurses fight elements of snowstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, etc. to provide care to patients. Walking up ten flights of steps in power outages with food and water, and collecting food and clothing for storm victims are just a few things home care nurses and staff do all the time without publicity. Obstacles challenge home care nurses daily, but they are persistent, innovated, and passionate to resolve issues or find an acceptable plan. And then there are the stories – unbelievable, hysterical, and authentic.
HHQI thanks each and every nurse who serves patients each day with commitment and compassion. It takes a special kind of person to meet the demands of a home health and hospice nurse. Their energy, skills and dedication and the love they share with each family they meet.
The week appropriately ends on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. If you are a leader reading this blog – share it with your staff. We also thank all the leaders who support the clinical staff to provide care to keep patients in the home where they want to be.
Happy National Nurses Week!