Eyes and Ears
Patricia Abboud, MD, a pediatric intensivist at Dayton Children’s Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, says she can’t isolate just one story about nurses because the ones she works with are all wonderful. She writes:
I am very grateful for ALL the Pediatric ICU nurses I work with. Their level of skill, professionalism, empathy and compassion is exceptional. I rely on their assessments HEAVILY to manage the most critically ill patients in our hospital. In our institution we don’t have in-house attending 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That said, I rely on the nurses’ assessments and interpretations of the patients when I am not able to be at the bedside. I often refer to them as my “eyes and ears.” They know that they can call on me any time of day if there is a concern they wish to address. I feel I have a unique perspective into their knowledge and skills, given that I am a former nurse. I began my career in healthcare as a Critical Care nurse before pursuing a career in medicine.
They are a very confident and outspoken group, and true patient advocates. We may “nationally” honor our nurses one week a year, but I am thankful every day of the year for such a spectacular group of professionals. They make my call easier and I know my patients are receiving the best care Dayton Children’s can offer. Kudos to the PICU nurses of Dayton Children’s!!!
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