by Bud Wilson
National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Nurses wish they had a nickel for every time they have heard the remark from friends or family, “How can you work as a nurse?” It’s true there are adjustments. It is equally true that nursing is not for everyone. However … there are those who have a genuine deep-seated need to help others, & it’s those caregivers that we seek out as employees at Scotland County Hospital.
“It is the most rewarding, emotionally challenging, and life-altering job I’ve ever experienced,” said Carla Cook, RN, MSN, Scotland County Hospital’s Director of Nurses. “How many times do you have the opportunity to witness life-saving miracles, or to have the hand of a newborn baby wrapped around your little finger?”
At times, the Emergency Department or the Med/Surg floor can be heartbreaking and difficult to bear. For nurses, it can be difficult to sleep because of repeatedly going over-and-over the acute events of a work day in a hospital. Nurses learn quickly not to take anything for granted and to fully engage in life.
Make no mistake, there is a price to pay. Nursing is the original home of the term, “double-shift” and for a multitude of legitimate reasons they are asked to remain on the clock for yet another shift. It’s nurses who miss kindergarten graduations, birthdays, ball games, and the kids’ senior prom. For nurses, patient care is their supreme sacrifice, and they embrace it.
Nurses form bonds that last for a lifetime with patients & their families and with co-workers. Challenges? Yes. But the heavy heart soon changes because of another miracle. Someone who can breathe again, or who can escape some degree of pain, and you get to see someone’s face change to an expression of relief.
Today nursing is more diverse than ever before, and we truly have some of the most talented nursing professionals in our area. At Scotland County Hospital, there are many areas that utilize the skills of a nurse; OR, Women’s Center/OB, ER, Cardiology, Cardiac Rehab, Cardio Pulmonary, Oncology, IV Infusion Center, Surgery, physician clinics and the list goes on-and-on. Our nursing staff at SCH has the ability to work in more than just one specialty area. A career in nursing at Scotland County Hospital allows a person to have many opportunities, changes, and challenges to keep a nurses’ skill sharp.
Nurses at SCH are not only trained in advanced care, many of them become actual instructors for such advanced training as: Advanced Life Support, (ALS), Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and many other courses in order to be diversified and equipped to meet the needs of patients in a rural hospital.
If you have questions about becoming a nurse or about the field of nursing contact Carla Cook, RN, BSN, DON at 660-465-8511.