Happy Nurses' Day, Week, Month & Year

5/6/20 is Nurses’ Day!!

Happy Nurses’ Week!!

And It’s Officially Nurses’ Month this Year!

WHO declared 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and what a year it has been!  We were anticipating the spotlight this year in a much different way.  But, true to form, Nursing has stepped up to the challenges of COVID 19. 

I would like to recognize and thank all nurses for the work you do, every day and especially during these times.  As nurses, we are used to rolling with the punches and anticipating the unexpected, all the while giving excellent care and comfort to our patients.

No other profession offers a richness of specialties, pathways and opportunities as Nursing.  If you have the calling to be a Nurse, be assured that your profession will support the changes of your life and open up all sorts of experiences to you. 

Every year on this day, I reflect on why I chose to become a Registered Nurse and a Nurse Case Manager and encourage you to do so as well.  It can be helpful to look at the why when we have our good days and not so good days. Reflective, encouraging and empowering…you are a nurse for a reason.  I invite you to share your stories and inspire the next generation of superheroes.

Think of it as your own “superhero origin story”!

Why did I become a Nurse Case Manager?  I am a second generation RN.  My mother was an ICU RN for 38 years prior to her retirement a couple of years ago.  I vividly remember her Nursing School graduation when I was 10 years old.  The stories she would tell about the patients who touched her and how she wanted to help them.  The stories her fellow co-workers would tell me as I got older about the role model she was to them.  Having grown up in a hospital, as my younger brother was born with multiple issues, requiring many hospitalizations and surgeries; the seed was planted when I was quite young.

I was always the nurse that wondered “what happens to the patient after they leave the hospital?” and I wanted to know that they were safe and recovering well.  As a case manager, I get to be a part of that journey.  No one should have to go through a healthcare crisis alone.  I remember vividly when I was a child, my parents at age 20 & 24, trying to navigate the fragmented healthcare system with my seriously

Happy Nurses’ Month 2020 and Year of the Nurse & Midwife to all registered nurses and a special shout out to my beloved case management nurses/colleagues.  I am proud of the work you do every day (and especially at this critical time) and honored to represent you through CMSA Chicago, CMSA National and ANA Illinois.  Virtual hugs to all of you!

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