“I come from two generations of nurses. When I was 16, I asked my mother why she was a nurse and her response was “nursing has been very good to me.” At the time I thought she meant, stable job with options for work different environments and meeting and working with people. Sounded great, so I went ‘all in.’ Now 20 years later and with 15 years of nursing experience, I have worked in the high Arctic being a lifeline for the most remote communities on Earth, I have volunteered for disaster relief in the foothills of the Himalayas, worked in the scorching Saudi desert and travelled to many countries people only dream of. I have brought babies into this world and held the hands of those whose loved ones could not at the time that they journeyed out of this world. I have served the sick and celebrated with the healed. Needless to say nursing has been very good to me.”
Nicole Krywionek, Director, Critical Care and Cardiology, Ouellette Campus.
“Nursing is my life.... literally! If it wasn’t for nurses I would not be here today, one myself! You see, I was born with a very rare heart defect and underwent two heart surgeries, one at 7 years old and one at 15 years old. I am here today because of the amazing care and compassion I received from nurses. I am a nurse today because those same nurses inspired me to lead a life of helping others who are suffering as I did then. I have now been a nurse for almost 21 years! I absolutely love this profession and am honoured to be a part of it. I have witnessed babies being born and shared joy with those families and I have helped patients pass away in peace and shared heart ache with those families grieving for a life lost. I have shared sorrow with patients learning of a terminal illness and I have shared joy with patients as they beat a cancer diagnosis! I am a better nurse because of these experiences and I want to thank those nurses who took care of me for helping make me the nurse I am today.” Mary Robinet, RN, Mental Health, Ouellette Campus.
“When I reflect back and ask myself ‘what does nursing mean to me,’ it creates an abundance of memories that flow through my head. As a nurse we wear many hats as educator, listener, communicator, supporter, comforter, healer, problem solver. We do this each day without thinking about it, it comes natural, some days harder than others but it comes from deep in our soul. I smile within when I think of how many diverse people from all over the world, colleagues as well as patients and their families that I have worked and cared for in my career. I honestly believe I grew and developed as a better person by becoming a nurse. That is what nursing means to me.”
Sherri Larose-Rossi, Utilization Resource Nurse, Ouellette Campus
“Being a nurse means recognizing and curbing the patient’s scariest moments to create the most positive experience possible where they can feel safe and comforted. As a nurse, I treat all my patients with the human decency and respect they deserve. During nursing interactions, whether it’s bathing or administering medication, I make it a priority to give my patient’s an extra five minutes to provide the compassion and emotional support they need. I sincerely believe that kindness and laughter are valuable assets in the healing process. When you treat the mind, you in turn heal the body. Being a nurse means fulfilling a responsibility to humanity by caring for the patients with respect, dignity and compassion. It’s a responsibility that I am truly honoured to have.”
Loretta Monforton, RPN, Ouellette Campus, 7 Medical
“Nursing is truly care provided from the heart. You can go through the motions such as changing a dressing or performing a procedure, but I feel a nurse becomes a nurse in the moments spent during intimate interactions with a patient and their family. These moments may occur in the hug needed following life changing conversations … the extra time spent showering a patient which allows for a few moments in time to hear a little more about their life story … sitting at the bedside to feed someone who just needs an extra hand. Nursing to me is these small moments in time that impact the relationships and care that we as nurses provide for our patients, ultimately leaving lasting impressions.”
Kimberly Grubb, RN, Oncology, Met Campus
“I have been a #Nurse for 27 years. I have missed family birthdays, weddings, funerals and holidays with my family all to care for a stranger, who is my patient. I I get asked, looking back would I choose to become a #Nurse? Yes. YES! For all that I have “missed” out on, I have gained way more. I know that my educating a young mother on how to properly dose acetaminophen and ibuprofen for her child’s fever will go a long way helping to prevent a future seizure. I know that the 50-year-old heart attack patient that I help get to the cath lab in 35 minutes, means that he will now have the chance to walk his daughter down the aisle. I know that the elderly lady whom I found subsidized assisted living for, is now safe from her daughter who was financially and physically abusing her. I know I have made a difference in the lives of so many people. Now, imagine the lives impacted by the 19.3 million nurses worldwide who care for strangers every day. Patients have made me cry tears: of joy that they delivered a healthy baby; tears of sadness at a life lost too young; and tears of frustration when we’ve done “everything” and yet, it was not enough. Patients have taught me it is the kindness that is most remembered. Nursing is not a job. It is a profession. I am a geriatric emergency management nurse. I consult on the frail elderly in the emergency room. I ensure they are discharged safely home with the appropriate resources or I advocate for their admission. I love working with seniors. They all have stories. They all come from a time it is hard to fathom for most youngsters. I would do it all over again. #IAmANurse.”
Sandra Bauer, Geriatric Emergency Management Nurse, Met Campus
To me, nursing means I always have the wonderful opportunity to connect with others. I feel privileged to help patients at their weakest moments—times of intense pain or sorrow—and to be a part of their proudest, happiest moments, such as handing them their newborn. There’s times of pure exhaustion for patients when they need extra support. Just think of a woman who has labored a full day and is now dealing with a screaming infant! Nursing provides me with an opportunity to make a difference in a patient’s life—hopefully for the better!
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