“Eighteen years ago, I was a critical care nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital. We cared for a young man in his high school years who was in our unit for several months due to complications from chemotherapy. Several years ago I was in line at our coffee shop buying lunch, when a young man in his 30s in a wheelchair stopped me and asked, “Are you Linda?” I said yes. He asked if several other nurses still worked at Good Samaritan and started listing a few more of us “old timers” who were still there. He then identified himself as the young man several of us had cared for years earlier. He said that as he grew up, he felt that it was the nurses who saved his life, even though he was wheelchair-bound. He went on to get a degree in physical therapy and now teaches new wheelchair patients how to adapt to their lives.
-Linda Hawes, Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore MD.
This past week I gave you the challenge to go the extra mile. No matter how simple. It’s the simple acts such as an apple pie and a little overtime, that make differences that are remembered 18 years later. Nurses are the champions of such acts, but every health care provider can find ways to go that extra mile. Whether it be giving your full attention to someone with ten other people to still see, or lending a hand to a CNA having a hard day.
No effort is wasted when it comes to lending a hand. Little things like that are what make the difference between a job and a calling.
Have a good weekend!
(This story was taken from the book, “What’s Right in Healthcare” stories compiled by Studer Health)