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.
Meet Caitlen Grimes LPN. Caitlen grew up in Ashby, Ne and attended Hyannis High School so she’s no stranger to the area. Caitlen received a scholarship from BBGH and had the opportunity to shadow at the hospital. “I loved it. So when I graduated from the LPN program I decided to come here to work on the PCU,” Caitlen said.
Ever since Caitlen can remember, she’s wanted to be a nurse. “I have loved helping people in any way that I can so I thought being a nurse would be a perfect fit for me,” she continued, “Helping people and knowing that I make a difference in their lives is why I enjoy being a nurse.” When she’s not helping people, she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends or helping her husband with work on the ranch.
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. Caitlen said, “I think nursing has evolved tremendously and I would like to continue to improve as patient care does. I would like to see nurses be heard and understood more by their communities, families, and other coworkers throughout the next 100 years.”
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.