I had never really thought about nurses until a few years ago. It’s not that I’m partial to doctors or anything, I just never had one impact me. Then something happened.
I re-met up with my friend and Co-Admin here Angie. Angie had been living off and on in the hospital with her son since he was born and it was hard for me to imagine. I got to see her for the first time in the PICU when little Robbie got readmitted into the hospital. My images of hospitals aren’t that nice, I don’t really like them and I’m sure a lot of people would say the same, but I went into the room and there was laughter. In one of the hardest times, Angie was smiling with her husband and little Robbie was being checked on by a nurse who had been there since he was born. All the nurses in Robbie’s shift had been there when he first arrived into the world until now, they cared for him like Aunts and he had his favorites. They joked around, he squirted them with water pistols and never once was there a dull moment with their cheerful exuberance of life. I kept thinking of how miserable it would all be in there if it weren’t for them. All these moms with their children on the brink of life and they were there with these strong shoulders that held them up, that made sure everything was okay and even when tied down to a million tubes, they made the children laugh and laugh and laugh. It was beautiful.
|Robbie with his nurses.|
That was the day I realized how important nurses were, but it didn’t actually impact my personal life until I got a call from school early this year when my son fell down while rollerskating in P.E. We were new here, we didn’t have any doctors yet and so the only thing I could do was bring him to an Emergency Clinic, I wrote about it once in “When Did Doctors Start Using the Internet to Diagnose?” What happened was that the doctor didn’t read the x-ray correctly and was going to send my son home with a slip that said he was okay to go back to P.E., even though my son was in a lot of pain and couldn’t move his wrist. We heard an altercation outside the door between the nurse and the doctor about the doctor ‘looking it up on the internet’, before I could walk out with my purse the nurse came back in and exclaimed that his wrist was broken and she was going to splint it. Which she did, while proceeding to tell me what the x-ray had shown and also how to care for it. She wrote a slip for him to stay out of P.E. and referral to see a doctor and had the doctor write a prescription for Naproxin. Around this time the doctor came back in and through nervousness explained she was right and he must have missed something. A few days later we got into a doctor and sure enough my sons wrist was badly fractured and he will have problems with it for a long time. Thanks to the nurse who stopped the doctor from making a very incorrect diagnosis, from the internet, without her he would have seriously damaged his hand forever.
These are just my stories, but I know so many more from my family, my friends and those I have read over the years. I’m sure you have your own stories, or you know a nurse that may not have saved your life or fixed all your problems, but they made your day. Nurses make an impact on all of our lives, whether we realize it or not, and Johnson & Johnson wanted to do something to help us show them how much they matter.
For the past ten years, through the Campaign for Nursing’s Future, Johnson & Johnson has maintained a commitment to supporting the recruitment and retention of nurses nationwide. Nurses offer patients comfort, care and skill that is desperately needed in patient care. The time is now to encourage and celebrate this important role in our healthcare system.
The Amazing Nurses Contest celebrates and honors the dedication of all of the incredible nurses across the country. Many of us can recall a time when a nurse helped us or a family member tremendously, and via this Facebook tab, each one of us can share our story. Ten finalists will be honored on the Amazing Nurses Contest page and one winner will receive a trip to Los Angeles and a feature at the 2012 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.
We would like you to nominate a special nurse in your life. By visiting Johnson & Johnson’s The Amazing Nurses Contest on their Facebook Page, you can nominate a nurse that impacted your life. We need, more than ever, to show nurses how important they are in the Healthcare System. With a nationwide vacancy of over 100,000 nurses, we need to show everyone that being a nurse is an incredibly honorable job that isn’t taken for granted. So please, take a moment, share your story, impact a life as it had once you.
- Ten (10) Finalists will be honored on the Amazing Nurses contest page of the Nursing Notes by Johnson & Johnson Facebook page and will receive a commemorative plaque.
- One (1) Winner will receive a 4 day/3 night trip for two (2) to Los Angeles, California and two (2) VIP tickets to attend the 2012 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute live broadcast show, courtesy of CNN. He or she will also be featured in a video profile, to be screened to the audience at the 2012 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute show and featured on the Nursing Notes by Johnson & Johnson Facebook page
You can find more details about The Amazing Nurses Contest on the webpage, but do hurry! The nominating period ends on June 29th, 2012 – This Friday! It only takes a moment to take a chance!