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Unsung Heroes, Nursing Edition: Kelsey Rowell

Unsung Heroes, Nursing Edition: Kelsey Rowell
May 11, 2016 No comments

I took care of a very young patient with a terrible cancer diagnosis. It was one of the hardest reports I have ever received. Knowing that I was taking care of someone my age, whose last breath could be today just left a hole in my stomach. It was extremely sad! I wanted to do my best to take care of this patient and the family! I made it my goal to stay strong and walk them through the day. I did my best to support, love, and let them have their time, but always being available when they needed me. For once, there wasn’t much I could do….except be available. As nurses we just want to figure things out and fix them. With some patients, we can’t do that. I’m not cut out to be a hospice nurse, but I kind of was that day. I was totally out of my element and burdened by the emotion of this patient’s family, AND all of the other patients I was taking care of! It was emotionally draining to say the least. When I left that day, I was so exhausted. I didn’t even want to go back into “that” room to say goodbye because I knew when I came back the next day, they probably wouldn’t be there. It’s was just an awful reality. As I was signing off to the next nurse, the patient’s mom ran down the hall to me and hugged me like no other. She didn’t say a word, but just squeezed me and cried. And then she looked at me and said “thank you so much! You have no clue what your care meant to us today!” Naturally, I came to tears and just said “you are so welcome….” She said a few more words and we parted ways. That hug was so genuine and it meant a million unsaid words to me. It also made that whole, entire day come full circle. I realized what I had just done and gone through….taking care of a young dying patient and two others who had no idea what was going on next door to them. That day I will never forget. It made me WANT to be that nurse in that kind of situation. I want to be a comfort. I want to be love. I want to be a tiny bit of sunshine in a really dark and hard time! I don’t love the charting. I don’t love the business. I don’t love all the rules and regulations….but I deal with it because I love my patients. That’s why I do what I do! Nursing is “my thing!” People are my heart. I do this job day in and day out because I love and care about people and their wellbeing! And mostly, I love the nurses I work alongside! I would want no other career and that’s just it! – Kelsey Rowell, Nurse, Blogger (YourHeartisMine) Unsung, is a feature MDF proudly brings to the MDF community highlighting the incredible MDF’ers who are truly #CraftingWellness. We hope to inspire, encourage, and connect humanity by sharing the stories from the thousands of anonymous individuals whose imprint can be seen in the lives of countless others

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