Yesterday, my husband had heart surgery to repair a genetic defect. The surgery was successful, and I'm thankful for all the awesome people who decided to make their career nursing.
Kind and Caring
The pre-op nurses were calming and funny. They soothed our anxious nerves as they prepped my husband for his procedure. They shared stories about their pets (the female cat named Jeffrey) and their families. All of them had great bedside manner, even at such an early hour.
Informed and Efficient
The communication nurses balanced their pagers, phones and notebooks. They gave precise information -in minute increments - about the status of the surgery. They scurried between waiting areas to find families and delivered messages in a clear language.
Essential and Confident
The nurses in the ICU were able to welcome us into a maze of intimidating machines, scared to see our loved one in such a vulnerable condition. They gave clear status updates as we stared with large eyes and my knees buckled. They assured us that we could leave, eat and rest, and they would keep a vigilant watch.
Tireless and Patient
The recovery nurses have the hardest job. They get to work through the pain, nausea and meals. They support and walk with my husband when he doesn't really want to. They deal with family visitors who are in the way in a room that barely fits the patient and his equipment. They will see the most improvement, but they will work the hardest.
I am so very thankful for the incredible nurses who have helped us navigate this very intense experience. May they get the thanks they deserve on a regular basis.