Treating each other…

As I continue to go in to work week after week, I realize that I fall more and more in love with the staff I work with! Some of the most remarkable, wonderful human beings on the planet grace the halls of our hospital.

When you consider the kind of work, and the nature of the jobs in health care, you would think that everyone would be compassionate, patient, kind, etc. Essentially, paragons of virtue. According to the almighty Gallup polls, Americans rate nurses as the most trustworthy professionals, with 80% rating nurses as being very high in honesty and ethics. Medical doctors are second, with 65% earning that “very high” standard in terms of ethics and honesty. High standards indeed, and with good reason. When you are working with people in the most difficult times of their lives, you have be pretty darned ethical.

So, when you think of it, my co-workers are a pretty high quality just by the nature of their jobs. However, I really think that my current job has hit the jackpot. My current position is one which involves some supervisory responsibilities. As such, I am better getting to know some of the other people in our division that I have been working with for some time, and wow, let me tell you! Such remarkable people, all of them! We have single parents, working 12-hour shifts, 3 and 4 times a week. We have people going through advanced education at the same time as working full-time. We have people who come in to work a night shift after 4-6 hours in school earlier in the day, and are just as bright and cheerful as can be. We have lovely young people, some in their first “real” jobs, who are so energized and enthusiastic, and so special in their efforts to make a difference to these patients. We have some older people who have been nurses or certified nurse assistants for years, who still exude their passion for the career. We have men and women, all who bring their personal experiences into the job, making them even better and more wonderful in the care they give to the patients. We have people who have been patients themselves, seriously ill or injured, who later decided to get into a career in health care, bringing their unique experience and viewpoints with them. We have people who champion healthy living, and are wonderful ambassadors of our profession. People who deal with stress with compassion, with humor, with fantastic teamwork. People who prank each other, and still have each other’s backs in the heat of moment. People who can be joking and silly with each other one moment, and amazingly professional and respectful to distraught patients and family members the next. Chameleons, magicians, advocates, teachers, humorists, humanitarians and brilliant multi-taskers.

I look at my place among all of these phenomenal people, and I am so very proud to be a part of this amazing group. Seeing the care, the compassion, and the amazing patience these remarkable professionals, young and old, share with every person they interact with is just so incredible to watch. I hope only that each of them, each of us, is capable of treating ourselves, and each other, as well as we treat these people who so highly regard us. Because each of these individuals deserves that same high regard, that same patience, and that same compassion.

To all of my co-workers, both present and recent past: I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!

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