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 Sarah Lunbery RN. Sarah and her family moved from Oklahoma to Alliance when she was a teenager, and she has been here ever since. After completing her transition for nursing school at BBGH, she fell in love with being a nurse at a critical access hospital. Sarah knew she wanted to be a nurse after her first child was born. She said, “Our NICU nurse was amazing, she was the calm in my chaos and left a lasting impression on me as a parent and as a person. I wanted to be able to positively impact others in the same way.”
A few of the things Sarah enjoys about being a nurse are her coworkers, the ability to keep learning, and discovering the science behind why we do what we do. “But most of all I love being at the bedside and doing what I can to brighten someone’s day,” she said. When Sarah isn’t brightening a patient’s day, Sarah says she enjoys, “spending time with my husband and three children, going to church, hanging out with my nieces and nephews (their parents aren’t so bad either), playing slow-pitch softball, going to concerts, and camping.”
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. Sarah said, “I would love to see nurses be able to spend more time with their patients and less time with charting and computers. I would like to see healthcare as a whole being ran by those who are currently at the bedside and not by insurance companies and business personnel.”
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.