You never know the effect you’ll have on someone

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We provide great care to our patients every day and sometimes the care we provide has an impact on more than just the patient.

A nurse recently applied for an opening in our Home Services department.  During the interview process the nurse was asked why she chose to become a nurse.

The applicant shared that nursing is a second career for her.  She initially graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in business and was pursuing a business career.  Shortly after her career began tragedy struck her family and her father became extremely ill.

Her father was receiving home health services during the course of his illness and the applicant was touched by the care and compassion of one of the home health nurses caring for her father.  The applicant said the home health nurse taught the family to help care for her father by educating them on catheter use, TPN and many other things that allowed him to stay home.

Over the course of her father’s last days the home health nurse provided care and comfort to not only the patient, but to the family as well and the nurse’s care allowed the patient to fulfill his wish to be home as long as possible.  The applicant went on to explain, the home health nurse demonstrated one last, but lasting, act of compassion and caring when she showed up for her father’s funeral.

After experiencing the impact the home health nurse had on her father and her family the applicant explained that she knew she wanted to do the same for someone else.  She had found her calling and she became an RN 17 years ago.

Most health care workers have a calling.  They do what they do because they care and sometimes the greatest impact they have is on the families and loved ones of their patients.

The applicant concluded her story by explaining that her inspiration was Rita White who has worked at GVMH Home Services for the past 23 years.

Rita’s care and compassion inspired a person to become an RN and for the past 17 years that individual has been caring for others.  We know Rita is a great nurse and we know Rita provides great care and now we know, for the past 17 years, Rita has been helping people she’s never met because she inspired someone to become a nurse.

You never really know the impact you’ll have on the people you meet.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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