A female nurse in dark blue scrubs tends to an older femail patient in a hospital bed and holds her hand

Why Nurses Mean the World

May 6 2019

When life takes an unexpected turn and you find yourself or your loved one in the hospital or visiting an outpatient practice, who is often one of the first people you see? Your nurse.

Nurses are the life and soul of the healthcare profession.

They provide comfort, kindness, and care to patients every day.

We have all been on the receiving end of their compassionate approach to caring for us during some of our darkest times and some of our happiest moments. They are with us through births, miracles, healing, and even death. Nurses become our family as they enter into our experiences with us when we are most vulnerable. They cry with us, laugh with us, and help us make some of the toughest decisions we have ever faced. We will always remember how they have touched our lives while we were in their care, and after we leave them.

That’s why at Mercy Health nurses mean the world. Nurses not only care for our physical needs, but they are committed to meeting our spiritual and emotional needs too. They advocate for us, pray with us, and offer a word of encouragement at just the right time.

Nurses do all of this on a personalized basis for each of us individually, every day. They willingly make sacrifices of working long shifts, managing multiple patients with complex medical issues at one time with confidence and understanding,  grabbing a fast lunch break on the go if they eat at all, and spending extra time just to help that one last patient before heading home. When you ask a nurse how they do it day in and day out, you’ll hear a resounding answer that comes from the heart. “It’s my calling. There’s no place I’d rather be.”

It is this dedication that drives nurses at Mercy Health. And it is for this dedication and the willingness to answer the call to serve our patients that we thank and recognize them…this week and always.

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The nurse (Donna) that helped deliver my son in March of 2015 was one of the kindest and most compassionate people I’ve ever met in a hospital. I was dealing with labor and delivery while my mother was 2 floors away about to have open heart surgery. Needless to say, I was an absolute stress mess who after delivery had a stress and/or hormonal emotional breakdown and she was right there to comfort me. I appreciated her so much and have thought of her often!! She’s the best!
May 08th, 2019 | 1:51am

Joan M. Nixon

I have three granddaughters and one granddaughter-in- law who are nurses. One of them is working at St. Rita’s. I admire them and all nurses! I am very proud of them!
May 08th, 2019 | 7:24pm

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