ShiftWizard’s Nurse Scheduling Software Presents: Nurse Spotlight of the Week
Stories of Florence Nightingale’s compassion, bravery, and leadership have shaped modern nursing and influenced and inspired millions. As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth, we are honored to shine a light on today’s #NurseHeroes on the front lines by sharing some of their stories.
This is Christine’s story.
“Christine is known by her fellow staff members as the “MOM” of the Emergency Department.”
Describe why you chose to become a nurse
I have wanted to be a nurse as long as I can remember. As a child, I had many older relatives requiring hospitalizations at different times. I spent a lot of time visiting them and admiring the nurses at work and wanting to be like them. I have always been drawn to helping people in that way.
Describe your most rewarding day on the job
Recently, my department experienced a mass casualty and we had a large number of patients brought in by EMS. My department pulled together resources to care for every patient in a matter of minutes. We worked together as an amazing team. All of us were exhausted, drained, and drenched in sweat. I was so proud of the way we were able to provide the care these trauma victims needed and all patients survived, including a weeks-old baby. Fear, joy, anger, tears, and many more emotions were wrapped up in that day. But the satisfaction of being able to help these patients was the best feeling. I am so proud to be part of that team.
Describe your most challenging day on job
In my job at the ED, we care for a large number of psychiatric patients. Many of these patients are children. I am blessed to have 5 wonderful daughters. Caring for these troubled children at work is hard but one in particular stands out in my mind. She was the same age as one of my daughters. She needed to stay in our psychiatric room to await placement. When she was left behind by her mother and as we held her back when she tried to follow her, her cries were heart wrenching. Seeing and feeling that pain is so hard and stays with you for a long time. I may not forget it.
Do you have any nurse hacks or lessons learned in the field you would like to share with others?
One of the main things I have learned being an ED nurse is the importance of humor and friends. Keeping things light in a horrific clinical scenario and being able to decompress and share your emotions with your fellow nurses and paramedics is essential to survival. I am thankful that I have that.
What’s a favorite quote of yours?
“She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future” – Proverbs 31:25. This is hanging on the wall in my home.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I was a practicing nurse for 10 years and left the practice to stay at home for 15 years to raise my 5 daughters. I returned to nursing practice 5 years ago and I am so thankful I did. Nursing is the most wonderful profession and I am grateful to be part of it.
For those looking for a way to help others, is there a charity you suggest?
Knights Against Hunger/ Wolfeboro NH. This is a group run by our local high school students and staff, Kingswood Regional HS. They have a large number of students who come from a very large geographical area who suffer from food insecurity. This group provides students with backpacks of food on a regular basis. They are wonderful.
Thank you for all you do, Christine!
Thank you for helping us honor Christine and the profession of nursing, William. We salute you!
Do you have a story to share?
While our team at ShiftWizard believes all nurses are heroes, we’d like to hear who you feel has gone above and beyond. Help us honor a fellow nurse or nurse leader whose actions have inspired others in these unprecedented times, and let’s celebrate nursing together!
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We are honored to support our frontline teams and we are here to help you meet your challenges head on.
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