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These Nurses Are Saints

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 25th, 2011

This week I fulfilled a life goal. I inspired and honored the nurses and staff at St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Ever since I was a little girl and watched Danny Thomas on TV, I dreamed of visiting the hospital he began to help children, regardless of their ability to pay. I was in awe as I toured the beautiful building with whimsical beautiful murals from floor to ceiling. Anyone would feel healthier just stepping into the bright, sunny, positive environment!

But mostly I was in awe of the nurses and staff who care for kids with cancer every day in the 60 bed inpatient hospital and often as many as 300 in outpatient clinics. Many of these heroes have been there 10, 20 even 30 years!

Recruitment isn’t an issue there..lots of people want to work at this Top 100 hospital! The wise and caring coworkers focus on retention, caring for each other as they care for others.

I was privileged to give them life balance tools to help deal with the inevitable compassion fatigue. I think I left as inspired as they!

If I can help your nurses too, please contact me.

2 responses to “These Nurses Are Saints”

  1. LeAnn,

    The nurses at St Jude’s are living their calling. They are making a big difference. Sometimes I think most nurses don’t really understand their contribution to humanity. After all, work can be become a dull routine. It’s easy to take our contribution for granted.

    Fortunately, you are chosen to inspire, encourage, and uplift them. I believe you are making a mark that cannot be erased! And you are doing it extremely well!

    I thank God for you and your courage to step up and do the uncommon. On behalf of all the children whose lives you have touched in a remarkable way as well as the entire health care industry, I want to say thank you.

    Keep pressing on until the last person in the entire health care industry has a chance to hear your heartfelt message. Your are the right person for them because you’ve walked in their shoes. After all, nurses need nursing too.

    Rene

  2. Congrats LeAnn, that’s awesome that you got to experience St Jude’s! Keep spreading your light!

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