The theme of National Nurses Week 2015, running from May 6-12, 2015, is "Ethical Practice. Quality Care," and Springer Publishing Company is proud to honor the nurses whose incredible dedication to the highest standards of care serves as an inspiration to us all. The following is a story from our very own nursing hero, Maryann Godshall, PhD, RN, CCRN,CPN,CNE, author of Fast Facts for Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing, 2nd Edition (July 2015), where she recounts her proudest moments working in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
Working in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) I have had to make difficult and quick decisions on a daily basis. I am blessed to be working with an incredible team of respiratory therapists, intensivists, and fellow nurse colleagues from whom I have learned so much and have experienced the best collaborative practice in my life. My nursing career began in the NICU, where I started as a unit clerk and the nurses that worked there inspired me to become a nurse. I then worked on pediatrics for ten years and have spent the last fourteen years in the PICU. The children and families I have met along the way have inspired me to be the best nurse I can be. I see each child as my own, and each family member as a dear friend who have entrusted to my care their most precious gift, their child. These experiences have transformed my life to become the best nurse I can be and advocate for those children too young to speak for themselves. After several years something inside of me realized I needed to share some of what I learned with new nurses coming up. I realized my life’s purpose of caring for critically injured children is now teaching new nurses to do what took me so many years to learn. It is my duty, my honor, my privilege to share with new nurses and hopefully inspire them to become the best they can be. Hence why I now share that as a Professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA
My most proud moment is when I see my students in action. Just last week in the PICU we were preparing to transport a very sick child to another hospital facility for ECHMO and the transport nurse on the flight who came for report was one of my students. I was beaming. I love giving report and receiving report to those who I have taught pediatric and critical care nursing. I love hearing their stories and how they love their career, especially with children. Whether it is pediatrics, pediatric oncology, pediatric critical care, the emergency department, wherever they choose brings me tremendous joy and pride. I have also worked during a code situation with one of my students, standing back, handing off the lead to them and watch them thrive. I was so proud. That is what we must do is share our craft, our love, our purpose, our knowledge in a positive way. Inspire them to be the best they can be, whether it is through written word, academic achievement, certification, or clinical practice. I challenge all my new nurses, Make me proud! Be proud of what you do! Love what you do!