Leighann Perry, BSN, RN, CEN
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 Leighann’s story.
“What I have always known is that Nurses are strong, resilient, and adaptable. We will go to the ends of the earth for our patients and, as leaders, for those we lead.”
Describe why you chose to become a nurse
My parents raised me to be compassionate for all humanity. As I grew up, I felt an innate empathy for the human condition. I needed to find something to do each day in which I could be a integral part of alleviating suffering. Nursing was it and still is after 33 years!
Describe your most rewarding day on the job
I was working a weekend shift in the ED. As the Charge Nurse, I received a pre-alert call from Rescom to prepare for multiple trauma victims. Depending on the acuity, 3-4 trauma patients can be considered a lot. That particular day, we were receiving 10-15 highly acute patients! I notified the Clinical Administrator, and within moments, nurses were pouring in from all over the hospital. We were gifted with a nurse from each ICU. I was awestruck by the flow of these nurses, working alongside the ED nurses to provide excellent care for every one of these injured patients! It was extraordinary!!!
Describe your most challenging day on job
Many days are challenging. On one occasion in the ED, we received multiple pediatric patients requiring resuscitation. Our team of trauma nurses resuscitated the children for several hours. This was challenging as well as heart wrenching. Our team met at the end of the shift for a critical stress debriefing, a tremendous support offered by WakeMed for days such as these.
Do you have any nurse hacks or lessons learned in the field you would like to share with others?
1. Use an alcohol wipe when removing tape from an IV site. Moistening it prior to removal makes it much less painful for your patient.
2. Always listen to your patient. They are the expert on their body; allow them to be part of their care.
What’s a favorite quote of yours?
“Spread Love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” -Mother Teresa
Anything else you’d like to share?
Nurses are committed, compassionate, and conscientious about caring for everyone. Yet, many of us have difficulty giving the same care to ourselves. At times, we end up caring for others at our own expense. This will eventually lead to compassion fatigue and burnout. Some nurses believe it is altruistic to care for others, but selfish to care for one’s self. I am still learning this concept. Love yourself, unconditionally.
For those looking for a way to help others, is there a charity you suggest?
Project Angel Food prepares and delivers healthy meals to feed people impacted by serious illness, bringing comfort and hope to them.
Thank you for helping us honor the profession of nursing, Leighann. 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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