May 15, 2018

Karen Gorby: Celebrating National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week

By Karen Gorby
President and CNO, Angel Medical Center

May is filled with special events at Angel Medical Center (AMC). We celebrated National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week from May 6-12. It was exciting to recognize the passion that drives every Angle Medical Center team member to give their best to our patients, every day.

Nursing is often referred to as a calling, and I can vouch for that. I knew I wanted to be a nurse from an early age. My thoughts about what a nurse did were simple back then, and involved applying Band-Aids or cold compresses to patients’ foreheads. When I entered the “real world” of nursing, I realized that nurses must balance clinical capabilities and ever-changing patient needs with more abstract gifts, like knowing when a patient needs a hug or a few encouraging words. This passion drives nurses, one patient at a time – it did then, and it does now. These gifts ultimately affect the health of entire communities.

Nurses’ duties have evolved and expanded tremendously over the decades. A 2010 study that came from a partnership between the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Future of Nursing Report, set wide-ranging goals for the entire field. That report recommended that nurses have access to advanced education, that practical steps be taken to address the nursing shortage and to increase diversity within the field, and that nurses grace every level of healthcare – from patient care to leadership and policy creation.

AMC is enriched by many types of nurses – they offer their hearts and their services in the hospital and in our clinics. They serve in our infusion center and emergency department. One of the roles I see our nurses embrace with every patient is that of educator – vital to ensuring that our patients fully recover and stay well.

There are many other special team members whose efforts have made us one of the country’s 100 Top Critical Access Hospitals, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. Our lab technicians, dietary service team members, physicians, therapists, housekeeping staff and many more keep AMC’s patients safe and provide excellent care that’s second to none. Every staff member contributes to our central goal for our care: to balance the human touch that’s essential to care with the medical technology and other sophisticated tools we have at our disposal to create a healthier community.

We planned numerous special events this month to showcase AMC’s amazing staff. We’ll have recognition events with treats, food trucks and fun giveaways. We’ll bestow some coveted DAISY Awards upon our nurses to recognize their caring excellence, as well as peer-nominated Leadership Awards and Nursing Assistant and LPN awards. The month will be rounded out by a staff craft show and a favorite meaningful event: our chaplains Bonnie Peggs and Vic Green will visit our caregivers to bless their hands. Refer to our website for event details.

I hold great respect and deep gratitude for the outstanding team members who make AMC an extraordinary facility. They work as if their patients’ lives depended on it, and they do.

Karen S. Gorby, RN, MSN, MBA, CENP, FACHE, is the President/Chief Nursing Officer of Angel Medical Center. Gorby is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). For nearly three decades, she has served hospitals and health systems in Ohio before assuming her role at Angel Medical Center. Gorby received her MSN from Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, and her MBA from Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio.

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