This week, Monday, May 6 through Sunday, May 12, is National Nurses Week throughout the country.
In 1993, the American Nurses Association declared May 6-12 as the national week to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession.
“National Nurses Week is a time for everyone – individuals, employers, other health care professionals, community leaders, and nurses – to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses,” reads the Website for the American Nurses Association.
Each year, the celebration ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is consider the founder of the modern nursing profession.
Locally, National Nurses Week will be celebrated at Mission Hospital McDowell. And for one nurse in particular, it is a time to reflect upon what motivated her to take on the noble profession in the first place. She is only one example of the many dedicated and caring nurses who treat the sick and recovering here in McDowell.
Tiffany Rose, 30, is the acute care team leader at Mission Hospital McDowell after working there for eight years now. When she started, she worked at the bedsides during the third shift and did that for a year before moving to first shift.
Afterwards, she worked as a charge nurse on the floor. In January 2015, she was promoted to acute care team leader. She oversees safe patient care and directly oversees the nurses for a particular shift. Rose’s job is to make sure the shift runs smoothly.
“It’s never the same,” she said to The McDowell News. “There’s always something good to be thankful for in every single day. My goal is to look at every patient as if it were my own family.”
Her adult patients can be experiencing such problems as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or pneumonia or they may be recovering from general surgery. She works with three patient care technicians and oversees four registered nurses for the medical surgical population and two intensive care unit nurses.
Rose is very proud of her profession and others who work alongside her to care for sick people. And late last year, she did something out of the ordinary for one of her patients.
On a Saturday in November, she was doing her job at Mission Hospital McDowell. Rose and the hospitalist usually go over the plan of care for the patients. One of them was a man in his mid-60s who was at the hospital for cellulitis, a common and possibility serious skin infection caused by bacteria. He had been admitted the night before. Dr. Eric Weiner, the physician on duty, said to Rose that it was a shame this man had to be in the hospital because that Saturday happened to be his daughter’s wedding day.
Rose thought there should be some way for this man to be able walk his daughter down the aisle even though he was suffering from this infection. He was on an IV and taking antibiotics and needed assistance to walk around.
The man’s daughter was to be married in an outdoor venue in Old Fort.
“I knew we needed to somehow safely get him there,” said Rose. “There was a lot of avenues I knew I needed to take so it would be safe for him to go to his daughter’s wedding.”
Rose contacted the hospital’s risk management team and Chief Nursing Officer Susan Cannon to work out the details for this man to attend the wedding. The man had to be transported by ambulance.
They were able to get this man to his daughter’s wedding on time. “He wanted to walk his daughter down the aisle,” said Rose.
Two people assisted the man with walking during the ceremony.
“It took a while but we got it done,” said Rose. “He arrived right on time and he got to stay around for the reception. He was very appreciative and that made it all worth it.”
For this act of kindness, Rose received in January the prestigious DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses, which is presented by the DAISY Foundation. Started in 1999, the DAISY Foundation presents this award in recognition of nurses who provide extraordinary care and compassion, according to the foundation’s Website.
She said she decided to become a nurse when a wreck happened outside of her house when she was a girl. “I felt like I was called to help those people,” she said.
More than anything, nurses go above and beyond every day.
“It is not an easy job,” said Rose. “At the end of the day, when that lady gives you a hug or that boy tells you ‘Thank you,’ it’s all about that bond and that impact you can have on somebody at their weakest and most vulnerable moments.”