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 Nikki Akers RN. Nikki was born and raised in Alliance, Ne and has been working in healthcare related fields for over 10 years. When she had surgery at age 11 at the Shriner’s hospital in Minneapolis, the care and compassion she received there inspired her to seek out a career in nursing.
One of the things Nikki enjoys most about nursing is helping people in their times of need. “Spending time with patients and knowing that you are making a difference in their life is fulfilling,” Nikki said.
When Nikki isn’t helping others she can be found spending time with her children outside camping, fishing, or traveling.
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. Nikki said, “I would like to see nurses continue to lead healthcare into the future using innovation, research, and compassion.”
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.