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Nurses Week: Your Stories Edition

By Scrubadoo’s Jen Hankin

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.Florence_Nightingale_1920_reproduction

Quick Facts: Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy on May 12, 1820. During the Crimean War, she and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital, reducing the death count by two-thirds.

Her writings sparked worldwide health care reform. In 1860 she established St. Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. She died August 13, 1910, in London.

what's your story

This year, to celebrate National Nurses Week, Scrubadoo is hosting a “Your Stories” Competition! We want to highlight the amazing things nurses and caregivers do for their patients every day! Submit your stories about great healthcare workers and we’ll post their story to give each caregiver the recognition they deserve!

happy nurses weekWe’re looking for your incredible, inspirational or just plain funny stories about nurses and other caregivers and how their actions made a difference in someone’s life!

At the end of Nurses week, Scrubadoo will pick the stories we think are the best and post them, right here, on our blog to give each of the heroes in these stories the recognition they deserve and a just a few minutes in the Scrubadoo spotlight! So tell us, what’s your story?

Just for entering your story, Scrubadoo will give you a $10 gift card! The grand prize story will earn you a $100 gift card, 2nd place gets $50 and 3rd place gets $20! So what are you waiting for, submit your story today by emailing Eva@scrubadoo.com!

Your Stories: Touching Moments

By Scrubadoo‘s Jen Hankin

There are certain moments that touch our lives and forever change our path. As heath care professionals, we get the opportunity to touch lives everyday and make a different. Here are two touching stories about those little moments:

Six or seven years ago my daughter had a summer job in Charleston, S.C. caring for two brothers between 6 and 10 years old. One of the boys was confined to a wheelchair. As they became comfortable with each other they began talking about their families- one of the conversation was what her parents did for a living- at that time I was working on developing the RetroLift. My daughter explained how the RetroLift connects to a wheelchair and with a touch of a button provides vertical lift for the user. He looked at her and asked; ” Do you mean I would be able to get a glass a water all by myself?” Yes, you will! She replied. What a touching moment!

-Jeff Wise, Retro Lift

 

ARC Physical Therapy launched their 15th Anniversary campaign last February announcing that they would be granting wishes for people in need of outpatient physical therapy services and treating them for no cost.

The first wish that ARC granted was for a 63 year old unemployed woman, terminated by her employer and left with no medical insurance, who was struggling with calf/leg pain after a surgical repair of her right Achilles Tendon.

The second wish was granted to a young female, 13 years old, who had reconstructive foot surgery and had no insurance coverage for her rehabilitation.

“Both of these wishes granted were for people in need of outpatient physical therapy who couldn’t afford to receive treatment,” said Kevin M. Cronin, Founder and Physical Therapist at ARC Physical Therapy. “These are the kinds of people we want to help, people who need physical therapy but struggle to receive or continue treatment.”

ARC Physical Therapy is excited to announce that the ARC Grants Wishes Campaign will be now ongoing! The campaign was able to help so many individuals become pain free who would not have been able to due to extenuating circumstances. Every month, we were touched by all of the stories that were submitted that we decided to keep the healing going.

-Sara Sicking, ARC. Inc.

Please share your touching moments with us in a comment below.

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Your Stories: Love Conquers All

By Scrubadoo‘s Jen Hankin

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and now more than ever we see how powerful love can be in the healing process. Read Marlene’s touching story about how love truly conquers all, even comatose states.

Home is truly where the heart is. There are times, however, when the heart must leave the home and enter an emergency ward. Such was the case recently when I took my father, a congestive-heart-failure patient to our local hospital. What you see on television about the wildness of emergency rooms is an understatement, compared to the reality of this particular night. Chaos reigned.

Every cubicle was filled and so we were sent to a bed in a corridor, where we waited eight hours. Given the overcrowded situations, we were virtually on top of other patients, separated only by thin fabric which, when pulled along the metal tracks, allowed visual but not oral privacy in the adjoining cubicles.

In a nearby room was an elderly man, apparently comatose. His wife stood beside him, holding his hand, gently stroking his arm. Doctors, nurses, technicians were in and out, asking her the usual litany of questions.

Finally, an authoritative figure and not one of the sleep-deprived interns entered the room and pulled the drapes around the bed. But we could still hear. “Mr. Jones, Mr. Jones,” the head nurse demanded, “Can you tell me where you are?”

No reply.

The nurse was persistent: “Can you tell me who the President is?”

Again, no reply.

With pauses in-between, the nurse continued, “What day is this?”

No reply.

“What year is this?”

No reply.

“Do you know what happened to you?”

No reply.

“Are you feeling pain?”

No reply.

“Can you hear me?”

No reply.

“Can you see my hand in front of your face?”

No reply.

In an out-of-the-medical-box and in desperation, the nurse finally asked, “What is the name of the woman you love?”

Softly, quivering came a response, “Anna Marie.”

–Story Written by Marlene Caroselli, Ed.D.

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