Thursday, May 3, 2018 | Jacob Turmell
Next week, May 6-12, is National Nurses Week. It is this week that we celebrate and recognize nurses for the significant role they play in society. The week ends on May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale and commemorates her pioneering work in nursing. National Nurses Week was first observed in October 1954 on the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s mission to Crimea.
All of us work on a daily basis with nurses in the cardiovascular space. Nurses hold roles as the bedside RN caring for the post-cath, MI, or CABG patient. They circulate in the cath lab to ensure the patient is safe and comfortable. Nurse anesthetists are often administering the sedation for cardioversions or EP procedures. Nurses work in the clinic, triaging phone calls, answering questions for patients, and providing important education to the patients. They work as nurse practitioners, providing high-quality care to patients and contributing to the care team. Nurses work in cardiovascular administration, often as the dyad partner to the physician on the inpatient side of a service line or even as an administrator in the clinic. Finally, they are part of our communities as mothers, fathers, neighbors, church members, and friends.
Nurses are well respected in their communities and their work place for the values they hold. In fact, Gallup has listed nursing as the leader for the most honest and ethical professions in 2017; this is the 16th year that nurses have held this position!
Gallup has listed nursing as the leader for the most honest and ethical professions in 2017; this is the 16th year that nurses have held this position!
The expanded roles for nurses and nurse practitioners, as well as this trusted view of the profession, has led to a tremendous growth in the job market. The growth for nurses is expected to be 16% from 2014 to 2024; for nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and nurse anesthetists it is expected to be 31%. Many, both male and females, are entering the profession not only because they want to have work that is meaningful and impactful, but because nursing provides a stable career that is financially rewarding and offers many options for growth. The workforce of nursing is estimated at 4.1 million according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. This is in comparison to estimates of about 90,000 physician assistants, 950,000 physicians, and 190,000 dentists.
I have been a nurse for almost 20 years and have worked in healthcare for about 22 years. I have held roles as a bedside nurse, a nurse manager, a nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse specialist, and now a consultant. I have always considered it a privilege to be a nurse and although I do not care for patients daily at the bedside, I still see the work I do as having an impact on patients, just on a very different level. As nurses, we are all privileged to care for people when they are at their most vulnerable and help them back to wellness. I take this week to think about all the nurses who have impacted my career, my healthcare, and my family’s healthcare. I think about all the nurses I am fortunate to call my friends. I think of all the nurse leaders who are helping to shape the future of healthcare, here in the US and worldwide. I think of all the nurses “in the trenches” in hospitals and clinics and am in awe of the care they tirelessly provide on a daily basis. I feel honored to call them all colleagues.
Take this week to recognize the nurses you work with and those who have impacted you! Join us in celebrating and honoring all those who care for our patients, family and friends.
Illustration: Lee Sauer
Jacob Turmell, DNP, RN, NP-C, ACNS-BC, CCRN-CMC, Vice President, MedAxiom Consulting, is a certified Nurse Practitioner with a strong clinical background combined with years of medical industry experience. While earning his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, Jacob?s focus on systems leadership gave him expertise in organizational assessment, outcome-driven change management, population health, and public policy. At MedAxiom Consulting, Jacob is focused on care processes redesign and provider team optimization.
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