Doctors Hospital of Manteca is celebrating Nurses Week now through May 12 — the day that marks the anniversary of the birth of the famous 19th century nurse Florence Nightingale.
Doctors’ Chief Nursing Officer Kathy Daley said nurses give care to other human beings and impact the lives of those who are the most vulnerable.
“It means having that inner desire to put the needs of others above our own, leaving our families at night, on weekends and holidays because we know someone needs us and needs the care that only we can provide,” Daley said. “It means showing passion, and empathy, patience, kindness and caring even when those we are caring for are distraught, angry or upset.”
Daley said one of the thrills is bringing a new baby into the world in addition to holding the hands of those taking their last breath or comforting someone who has received a frightening or terminal diagnosis. The nurse gets to experience life, death, illness, sorrow and the joy of seeing someone recover or have their health restored,” she added.
“A nurse feels compelled to help other — to improve the quality of life, make a difference and make it count,” she chimed. Daley opined that nursing is not just about giving medications or taking vital signs, with it going much deeper than that. It’s about being an advocate for others, providing information and helping others understand and navigate the very complex health care system.
“It means showing compassion through sincerity, physical touch, instilling hope and developing honest, trusting relationships. It means listening, building rapport, sharing a smile and showing love and respect for human life.
Nurses care about physical health, emotional well-being and helping people to feel whole in all aspects of life. They comfort not only patients, but families, other loved ones and at times entire communities,” she said valuing her fellow nurses.
Daley said nurses act not out of duty but out of compassion, heartfelt love of others and sincere concern for whoever needs them at the time. They instill faith and hope to those who feel hopeless, offer their shoulder to cry on and motivate others to make life-changing health habits. She added that in the present day nurses seldom wear white, but they are often referred to as angels.
Nurses work in a variety of settings with patients of all ages, cultures and conditions.
“Every day I am fortunate to observe nurses in action. As they walk a cancer patient to their room to begin infusing chemotherapy, as they teach a heart failure patient the importance of taking their medications, maintaining a healthy diet and weighing themselves daily, as they accompany father as he carries his newborn baby to the nursery, as they bring life back to a lifeless body, administer medication to dissolve a blood clot that could leave a patient permanently impaired if not treated quickly or comfort family members who have just lost a loved one.”
“Nurses come from all walks of life but most nurses will tell you they became nurses because they wanted to care for others and make a difference in the world — one patient at a time.”