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 Christina Rodriguez. Born and raised in Arizona, Christina’s family moved to Alliance when she was in high school to be closer to her grandparents. When she later attended nursing school, her clinical rotation was at BBGH, and she really enjoyed it. “I think I realized I wanted to be a nurse when I had my son. My OB nurse was AMAZING and it inspired me to want to be a nurse,” she said.
Christina enjoys all the different people she gets to meet, care for, and work with. She added, “I love feeling like I am helping people and like I am making a difference in this world.” When she’s not caring for others, she enjoys spending time with her family, “Whether that be go to a movie, play a board game, spend time at the lake, or even take the dog for a walk.”
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. Christina said, “I would just like to continue to see us grow as healthcare as a whole, continue to find more cures and discover more solutions for health problems!”
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.