Let’s see your best AAMC nurse selfie
Dear Nursing Staff: The work has been done for our Magnet® site visit – it’s time to celebrate the opportunity we have to meet with the appraisers face-to-face, to allow them to get to know the nurses they have been reading about in our document.
1. So I’ve been told that the selfie thing is cool social media use. My children send me pictures of themselves posed with chicken and asparagus or walking to class…
Let’s step this selfie up. This week, send me a selfie (that’s a picture of yourself for my generation…) that best represents your AAMC pride story, relationships with your colleagues, your work in our community… whatever best embodies who you are as an AAMC nurse. We’ll use the photos in a post-Magnet® celebration!
Of course, take any photos outside of patient care areas. Here are a couple examples to get you started. (I feel like my arm was not long enough for this creepy right hand corner one.)
2. Another kind of selfie – read Gale Schrieber’s story regarding care to her family at AAMC.
Gale Schreiber, RN has worked at AAMC for >25 years, most recently in AAMC’s ESP pre-op and PACU. She shared her personal experience with patient- and family-centered care…
My experience with patient- and family-centered care at AAMC (from a family member’s perspective) began early this year. What a journey. Over the last few months, my in-laws and father have visited the ED (both old and new), General Surgical Unit, Pre-op, OR, PACU, Joint & Spine, OBS, and ONC.
As a family member, throughout all of these ED visits and admissions, I took notice of all the different nurses that took care of my parents. As I watched, I was in awe of the quality of those nurses.
We started in the old ED—it was hectic. But the nurses were kind and compassionate with my elderly in-laws, even when my father-in-law was confused, angry and mean. I watched them and wondered how in the world they could be making the same money as me. The ED was packed, but they always identified my father by his armband, checked allergies and scanned his meds. All of the staff were remarkable, including housekeeping, techs and nurses.
My father-in-law was admitted to GSU for four days and again, I watched the nursing staff roll their computers around, check his allergies and wristband, and scan his meds. When I asked them if they enjoyed doing this sort of nursing, they said, “Of course! Why do you think I am here?” Again, I was in awe of these nurses.
My mother-in-law was admitted to the OBS unit after her overnight stint in the old ER—she, too, was so well cared for. Again, unbelievable nursing care.
Now for my father. He went through pre-op and PACU (where I work), as well as the OR, and was eventually discharged from the Joint/Spine Unit—those nurses are extremely good at caring for and rehabbing patients. Again, I sat and watched. Again, I was in awe.
A week after surgery, my father ended up back in the ED with a femur fracture on his operative leg. I followed the ambulance to our new ED and entered a whole new world. There was big waiting room and relaxed staff at the desk. He was seen almost immediately by the physician and nurse—the admission and paperwork came secondary.
He was in tremendous pain and was admitted, first to Oncology and then back to Joint/Spine Unit. My family was worried, but the nursing staff was great in caring for my dad and all of us.
I have been a nurse at AAMC for 25 years. I started in the hospital downtown and have worked in the nursery, Mother/Baby and Labor & Delivery for 21 of those years. Now I work in ESP pre-op and PACU. I know the type of nursing care that these units provide, but had not seen the rest of the hospital nursing staff in action in a long time.
I was more than impressed with all of the professionalism, compassion and kindness I saw from the entire nursing staff. I was so happy that they were the nurses that cared for my family—all of them seemed to be in their element.
Two particular staff members really stood out to me—a tech and nurse on the Oncology Unit. The tech was so gentle with my father who was in so much pain. And the nurse set up the PCA pump almost immediately.
As we were getting settled, she came back into the room and brought me some water, crackers and pillow. She said, “You look so worried and tired, you could probably use a drink.” This was probably one of the kindest gestures I experienced as a family member. A smile, a touch and an act of kindness.
As we celebrate Nurses’ Week, I felt compelled to share my story with all of the staff of AAMC. The hospital has grown to a very large medical complex. We are all computerized and high tech. We have fancy scanners and pyxis machines. We scan people like bags of chips at the grocery store.
But you know what makes a hospital great? It’s the quality of its nursing, physician, and ancillary staff that care for patients. No computer in the world replaces a smile, a touch and kindness. No scanner replaces a kind word or deed. This is what I saw throughout the hospital.
I probably came in contact with 100 or more employees during my family’s visits to AAMC. And I was so proud that I worked here. I am also so happy that I am a nurse who has the honor of caring for patients and families in time of need.
With warmest regards for your care. -Sherry