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Year of the Nurse Feature: Devan Collins, RN

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 Devan Collins. Devan was born and raised in Alliance and has worked at BBGH since 2014, starting out as a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) in the Surgery department. She now works nights on the PCU (Patient Care Unit). Devan knew she wanted to go into the medical field after she took a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) class after graduating high school. On the first day of college, she switched her major from pre-physical therapy to pre-nursing.

“I enjoy caring for people. I think I was just born to care for others, and it is so rewarding to help someone feel better. Another thing I enjoy is the challenges and putting together puzzle pieces to figure out what is going on in our more critical patients. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to take a position in the Intensive Care Unit. I get to choose an area that offers a challenge and makes me think,” Devan said. She added, “Another thing that is important to me is being able to bring kindness to people during what might be the worst part of their life. Being hospitalized can be a very stressful, scary time, and it only takes the smallest act of kindness to turn things around for someone.”

When Devan isn’t spreading kindness to her patients, she enjoys sharing her knowledge of volleyball by coaching the 8th grade girls volleyball team at Alliance Middle School. She also enjoys playing volleyball. “Music is another passion I have,” she said, “both listening to it and performing. I like to sing for events and attend concerts.” She and her son enjoy traveling, and missed going to Rockies baseball and Husker football games this year.

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. In reference to that, Devan said, “In the next 100 years, I would hope to see nurses and hospitals get the resources needed to care for our patients more effectively. It would be wonderful to see nursing go back to a format where we are able to spend more face-to-face time with patients rather than spending all our time behind a computer. I hope that we continue to raise generations of people who care more for the well-being of others than that of themselves, and that we nurture a sense of compassion and empathy in them.”

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.