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 Diana Marsteller. Diana was raised in Alliance and always knew she wanted to call this town her home when she grew up. She has called BBGH her ‘work home’ for 11 years now, and has worked in the Patient Care Unit, but is now in the Greater Nebraska Medical & Surgical Services clinic. Diana said, “Being a nurse is a very challenging and rewarding career. I like that every day is different and there is always an opportunity to learn something new.”
Diana knew she wanted to be a nurse after her son was born. She said, “When my son was born the nurse that was there with me was so kind and helpful and really put me at ease. I knew then I wanted to be a nurse. I wanted to help take care of people and make a positive impact on their life.” She added, “I enjoy getting to meet new patients and providing them with the quality of care I would want if I were in their shoes. Even after the most stressful day, it is very rewarding to know that you made a difference.”
When Diana isn’t taking care of patients and spreading her positivity as a nurse, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the lake, camping, going on walks, watching her son play sports, and taking her girls to the park.
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. Diana said, “In the next 100 years, I hope that nurses continue to play a key role in healthcare and focus on illness prevention and health promotion. I hope that the nursing profession continues to grow and remain one of the most trusted and honest professions there is.”
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.