Madeline Beard’s passion for nursing care has its roots in her childhood visits to the doctor’s office.
“My nurse during those visits was always compassionate and took excellent care of me. I wanted to be just like her,” Beard wrote.
During National Nurses Week 2018 from May 6-12, we celebrate the compassion, commitment and expertise of all nurses and nursing support staff, including those serving patients through the University of Minnesota Health system. To celebrate Nurses Week, we asked our nurses to tell us why they went into the field—and what makes them passionate about their jobs. We also asked University of Minnesota Health patients and our nursing leaders to reflect on their experiences with our nursing teams.
Here’s what they had to say:
This spring, Barb Hartshorn underwent surgery at University of Minnesota Medical Center. During her month-long stay at the hospital, she bonded with her nursing staff. Before she was discharged, Barb posed for a photo with several of the nurses who cared for her.“I just want them to know how much I appreciate their work. I’ve been at other hospitals, but this one stands out as one of the best, and it’s because of the people. As far as the nurses and the assistants, they have just lifted my spirits and encouraged me.”
“I have been a nurse for roughly 20 years, but my passion for nursing began at an early age. As a child, I spent a lot of time at the doctor’s office. My nurse during those visits was always compassionate and took excellent care of me. I wanted to be just like her and I also wanted a career in a field that allowed me to make people feel better.
“In my role as care coordinator, I partner with patients who need complex care. I provide them with all the resources and information they need—whether that’s answering their questions or setting up all their appointments for future care. I know that having a chronic illness can be overwhelming, and being able to help patients get the care they need is a great feeling.”
“Before I became a nurse, I worked for several years in marketing. Many of my co-workers were passionate about their work. I envied that passion but knew I would need a different career to feel that way. So I quit my job and went back to school -- in nursing. I wanted to wake up every day feeling like I loved my job.
“I have not been disappointed. I have a family of amazing co-workers in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), and patient families that I love supporting. I’ve worked in the PICU for almost 10 years. Here I get to experience the emotions that connect families. I see families express love for their children, and I witness their joyous days and moments of sorrow as they progress through their journeys. I feel honored to be a nurse.”
"Our nurses are committed to providing exceptional care for University of Minnesota Health patients and families. Simply put, they are our patients’ best advocates and I am proud to partner with them to create a healthier future in the communities we serve. National Nurses Week is a wonderful opportunity to recognize our nurses and nursing support staff for their dedication and compassion. I want to take this opportunity to thank our nurses and nursing support staff for all you do."