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 Glenice’s story.
“It’s the front line staff that have the best insight and I feel it is my job to support them.”
Describe why you chose to become a nurse
For as long as I can remember, I always enjoyed helping others no matter what the task was. I became a nurse because I wanted to be able to help others when they were in need the most, to be able to bring a little sunshine, hope and encouragement to them during their darkest, most challenging and sometimes scary days. I cannot think of another profession that is as rewarding and impactful, yet hard, as nursing.
Describe your most rewarding day on the job
It’s hard to pick just one. I find it most rewarding and exciting when I am able to work with staff, conducting deep dives, supporting staff ideas to fruition to implement changes to improve patient care, quality, workflows, and/or reducing waste. It’s the front line staff that have the best insight and I feel it is my job to support them, to ensure they have what they need to do a great job, and to encourage them to think outside the box and to be creative. It is most rewarding to me when my staff express they feel successful.
Describe your most challenging day on job
On days where there is an overwhelming amount of discharges, transfers, and/or admissions and seeing staff physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted, yet continuing to provide great care to our patients. Or being told we are moving our unit AGAIN (about 6 times in 7 weeks)! It can be challenging to help them keep their focus on and realize the great work that they are doing and to keep their spirits up
Do you have any nurse hacks or lessons learned in the field you would like to share with others?
Nurses are MacGyver’s! Too many hacks to list.
What’s a favorite quote of yours?
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson I also live by the quote by an unknown author – “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best”
Anything else you’d like to share?
Never expect anything of your staff that you would not expect of yourself. And most importantly, always keep the patient at the center of all you do.
Thank you for all you do, Glenice!
Thank you for helping us honor Glenice and the profession of nursing, Mary. 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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