Nurse Appreciation Week: An Inside Look
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on May 07, 2014 @ 6:00PM
Created on May 07, 2014 @ 11:54AM
This week is Nurse Appreciation Week, but United Hospital Center likes to celebrate all of their employees. So over there it's Associates Week.
"We're very busy. There are a lot of patients that need a lot of care," said Julie Gabriel, Charge Nurse in Oncology.
The first week in May is Nurses Appreciation Week. So we decided to get a sneak peek at their daily life.
"Respiratory Therapist take care of the overall pulmonary aspect of the patient. We take care of managing ventilators for patients that need artificial ventilation. We also respond to Code Blue in the hospital for patients that need cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. We also deliver medication," said Gary Johnson, Registered Respiratory Therapist.
Employees say collaboration and communication is key.
"Together as a team we can get together with the physician to treat the patient to the best of our ability. Together as a team we can make those decisions from everybody's expertise," said Johnson.
All the employees we spoke with said they're extremely grateful for everything UHC does to show their appreciation.
"I think it's great that they've offered us a free meal and they've given us gifts. It makes me feel appreciated, so hopefully everyone else feels that way also," said Gabriel.
"It doesn't stop there because it motivates you. Through out the year at the hospital, here at UHC, they do other reinforcement and recognition, and rewards," said Johnson.
Nurses, Doctors, and Therapists are a major part of any hospital, but they wouldn't be able to do their jobs without the help of other workers in the facility. Tune in next Wednesday to hear their story.
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