Year of the Nurse at BBGH
Recognizing OB Nurse Kaitlyn Kumpf
As 2020 has been declared Year of the Nurse by the World Health Organization, we would like to take this time to focus on our great nursing staff. They are arguably the most important people in the organization, whether they think so or not. We appreciate the sacrifices they make to take care of us and our loved ones. From working nights and holidays, to being on call and making home visits- they do it all with integrity and courage. They are selfless, caring, innovative, fierce, and much more than we have time to describe. So, nurses, thank you. You do what others cannot, we appreciate you.
With that, BBGH would like to share with you, our community, a little bit more about our nurses. Who they are and why they do what they do. As 2020 marks new beginnings, we were happy to announce the reopening of our Obstetrics Department late last year. It seems appropriate we start the year off featuring the nurses on our OB team.
Meet Kaitlyn Kumpf, RN, BSN. Kaitlyn is from Hemingford and has called it home all her life. She went to University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in Scottsbluff. After graduating there and obtaining her BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), she decided to start working at Box Butte General Hospital. “I did a lot of my clinicals here and loved being able to be well-rounded with working OB (obstetrics), PCU (patient care unit), and Surgery,” Kaitlyn said. She’s been working at BBGH for two and a half years now.
“As an OB/PCU nurse I love being able to be well-rounded. I am always learning new things every day. And work is never the same from day to day,” Kaitlyn said. Although she can’t remember when she first realized she wanted to become a nurse, BBGH is glad she decided to come back and share her talents with our community. Outside of work, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with her family.
Florence Nightingale, popularly known as the ‘founder of modern nursing’ mentioned in her personal diary in the 1870s, “It will be 150 years to see the kind of nursing I envision.” We hope to continue her vision, 150 years later and 150 years from now. Kaitlyn would like to see nursing continue to be at the bedside.
As 2020 continues, keep your nurses in mind. They have families, hobbies, and feelings just like the rest of us. The main difference is they are courageous enough to do what we cannot, or choose not, to do.