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National Nurses Week: Finding Balance

Posted on Mon, May 08, 2017
National Nurses Week: Finding Balance

By Ginger Wirth, RN

Nurses, like most healthcare professionals, struggle with work/life balance. This stems from the reason that most of us pursued a career in healthcare – an innate desire to care for others.

Your interest in the field may have developed from early exposure to some aspect of healthcare. A family member or personal experience with your own or someone else’s medical issues can ignite the passion for the art of caring for others.

That passion for making a difference in the lives of patients, families and those we work with takes center stage for most nurses in the industry. There are times when our personal needs are put aside, our schedules changed and, sadly, family milestones are missed to execute our craft to the best of our abilities. This apparent oversight is never intentional, but it often creates conflict in our home lives.

It’s a constant struggle to find that delicate balance. This was brought to my attention by my then-5-year-old son, who asked me at the dinner table one evening several years ago, “Mom, are you going to be a nurse forever?” It was a strange question, to be sure, but our dinner table was usually where I’d recount my day in the emergency department. I answered honestly, “Of course I’ll be a nurse forever.” He then bluntly retorted, “Well, then you will never see your grandkids!” and promptly went back to eating his macaroni and cheese. Out of the mouths of babes … I have thought about that question many times throughout the rest of my almost 30-year career. I use it as a barometer when whatever in my professional career seems to be consuming all of my time, or I have inadvertently missed something important in my “outside life.”

Those close to you – your family and friends – deserve your attention and time. A true balance of both only makes you stronger, and both parts of your life get better. And, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that it’s also important to take time to care for yourself. We cannot effectively take care of others if we are not taking care of ourselves. I wrote a blog article with some tips you may find useful.

The impact that we are able to make on the world through a career in healthcare, and in nursing in particular, is immeasurable. That is undeniable, and truly makes the world a better place.

Ginger Wirth

Ginger Wirth, RN, joined Envision Physician Services in 2013 as a divisional director of clinical services. Her goal is to make positive changes in healthcare by helping others focus on quality, excellence, and the overall patient experience. Wirth regards her role as the ideal opportunity to partner with nursing, physicians and facility leaders to make positive changes to the entire patient care experience. Her nearly 30-year nursing career has been dedicated to quality and excellence, promoting overall positive outcomes and safety for patients.

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Happy Nurses Day!

Posted on Wed, May 06, 2015
Happy Nurses Day!


According to Miriam Webster:
Full Definition of NURSE

1
a :  a woman who suckles an infant not her own :  wet nurse
b :  a woman who takes care of a young child :  dry nurse

2
:  one that looks after, fosters, or advises

3
:  a person who cares for the sick or infirm; specifically :  a licensed health-care professional who practices independently or is supervised by a physician, surgeon, or dentist and who is skilled in promoting and maintaining health — compare licensed practical nurse, registered nurse

4
a :  a worker form of a social insect (as an ant or a bee) that cares for the young
b :  a female mammal used to suckle the young of another
 
NURSE, the word itself invokes so many feelings in so many people.  Many of these feelings come from an intimate experience with a nurse.  This may be as a patient in a hospital, clinic or even an early interaction with the school nurse as a small child.  The interaction may be as a family member when a loved one is sick or dying, that drives such strong genuine feelings towards one of the most respected professions in the world. 

It is true that in the last 14 years Nursing has topped the list for 13/14 years according to the Gallup annual survey.  85% of Americans rate nurses’ honesty and integrity as “High or Very High”.  We, as a profession have an obligation to not only meet those standards but to also exceed them every day.  We have the ability to touch lives and to make a sincere difference in the lives of those patients and families.  We also have the ability to touch each other and our colleagues on a daily basis. 

It may be difficult to maintain a smile at the end of a long 12 hour shift in the Emergency Department, or after losing a patient in surgery following a traumatic car accident, but a nurse always finds a way to continue to deliver the most compassionate care possible to those around him/her. 

It takes a special person to be able to maintain such immediate lifesaving critical thinking skills while peering down at a child who has stopped breathing following an accidental drowning and just as important skills as holding a hand of a grandmother and her husband of 50 years while they look into each other’s eyes and say goodbye as the ventilator is turned off for the last time. 

It is the nurse who carries on their duties to support, treat and care for those around them with compassion, love and deep beliefs that they do make a difference in the lives of those that they touch. 

It is those nurses that we celebrate this week and thank each of you for joining the esteemed ranks of the world’s caregivers.  Celebrate the lives you have brought into this world, those who you have healed with your touch, those who you have nourished with your words and those who you have helped cross over in the end .  You are a gift to the profession, the world and mankind!  You are a Nurse!


Ginger joined EmCare in 2013 as a Divisional Director of Clinical Services for the South Division. She earned her Associates Degree of Science in Nursing from Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois in 1992. She is certied in Lean and holds or has held certications in ACLS, PALS, TNCC, ENPC and BLS. She became a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and assisted in starting the only SANE program of its kind in Santa Barbara County, California in 1994.  Ginger has held many clinical and leadership positions within hospitals, worked in multiple inpatient and outpatient settings and spent several years in a consultative role assisting various facilities throughout the Southeast.  

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Celebrating 3.1 Million Nurses!

Posted on Wed, May 07, 2014

nurses weekEmCare® joins the American Nurses Association (ANA) in celebrating National Nurses Week,May 6-12. Like ANA, EmCare is proud to recognize the nearly 3.1 million registered nurses nationwide for their dedication, commitment and tireless effort to promote and maintain clinical quality.

From winning prestigious awards in the community like Gretchen Heery, who was selected by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as “Nurse Practitioner of Excellence for Pennsylvania,” and Linda Caccamo who, while not a physician, exhibited enough leadership and skill to garner EmCare’s 2012 Physician of the Year award, to blazing new trails in health care like Dr. Kathy Miley, D.N.P. one of a growing number nurse practitioners who holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree to the dedicated Donna Biehl, who has devoted 14 of her  40+ year nursing career to consulting with nurse leaders and teaching valuable methods for providing exceptional care, EmCare has a lot to celebrate this Nurses Week.

Watch this video to learn how EmCare’s nurse executives, Directors of Clinical Services, help other nurses reach their goals.These are a very few of the countless nurses that make up EmCare’s family of clinicians and we appreciate the opportunity to provide support and consultation for nurse leaders at client hospitals to help them achieve goals for process improvement, clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. 

Thanks for allowing EmCare to be a part of your career development!

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