And no matter the setting, virtually all of these encounters will have one important thing in common: nurses.
Nurses represent the largest workforce in the U.S. health care system, with ranks of approximately 3.1 million, and their contributions to the health care field are many.
At SkyRidge Medical Center, the nurses are a large segment of the team as well. From the emergency room to the inpatient units and the outpatient services; nurses are the “face” of he hospital and the frontline of the care teams. They coordinate patient treatment, take and record vital signs, administer medication, and assist with surgeries, deliveries and emergent care. They work alongside fellow nurses, physicians, and other clinicians to carefully track patient progress.
“In addition to their clinical expertise, our nurses are known for their compassion and the support they provide to our patients and their families,” states Bernadette DePrez, chief nursing officer at SkyRidge Medical Center.
In an environment where individuals can be frightened or confused by what is happening around them, nurses help explain diagnoses, procedures, tests and medications. They respond to patient concerns, answer questions and help educate patients on their care and treatment. But beyond the skills and knowledge they offer, it’s often the kind words, or warm hands, or listening ears they provide that make nurses the most trusted professionals in health care.
“At SkyRidge Medical Center, we are thankful for the compassion and clinical excellence that our nurses exhibit every day whether at the bedside or in leadership positions,” states Coleman Foss, chief executive officer at SkyRidge Medical Center.
During National Nurses Week beginning on May 6, SkyRidge is taking time to recognize and celebrate the nurses in the hospital and community.
If you see a nurse this week, or any week of the year — take a moment to reflect on the importance of the job they do, and thank them for helping deliver quality patient care.