Nurses around the nation will be recognized by their places of employment, friends and family as Nurses’ Week is set for May 6 through May 12.
Locally, Riverview Health Noblesville Hospital nurses will do most of their celebrating while working in the hospital.
Current Publishing conducted a Q&A interview with several Riverview Health Noblesville Hospital nurses – Jason Call in the med/surg unit, Kimberly Morgan in rehab and Megan Brophy in maternity.
Call and Morgan live in Noblesville. Brophy resides in Fishers.
What is your nursing background?
Call: Ivy Tech 2016 ASN, Western Governors University 2019 BSN. I have always enjoyed helping others improve their lives, and I feel I can accomplish this by acting as a liaison between the patient and the doctors; therefore, I can help fill in that gap to ensure better outcomes for the patient’s health. I have been a nurse for four years and work in the med/surg (medical/surgery)unit.
Morgan: I graduated from Indiana University of Kokomo. I have been a nurse for 22 years. I wanted to be a nurse so I could make an impact on the lives of others and have a career that felt meaningful.
Brophy: I graduated from Miami University of Ohio with my BSN in 2013. I initially had no idea what I wanted to do as a senior as I am quite indecisive and it was a big decision. I knew I wanted to do something with helping others and had always been interested in health and science. With dietetics involving way more chemistry than I wanted to take on, nursing seemed to make a good fit. I have been a nurse for a little over seven years now. I first started my career at the University of Tennessee’s Medical Center on a mother/baby unit. Since then I have been working at Riverview Health on a maternity unit.
What are some of the biggest challenges with nursing?
Call: The biggest challenges in nursing that I see are learning how to rely on your team to help you out when you are having a difficult day. This discipline does not come easy, and it takes time to develop rapport with your co-workers. Also, staying humble can be a challenge. For example, you need to keep an open mind rather than having a decision made already when going into a situation.
Morgan: COVID-19 has brought about challenges that I never thought I’d face as a nurse. It’s truly heartbreaking seeing patients unable to interact with their family members during this difficult time.
Brophy: I think one of the biggest challenges with nursing is the amount of time that has to be taken away from patient care due to charting.
What is your favorite part of nursing?
Call: My favorite part of nursing is when a patient of mine successfully reciprocates something that I have previously taught them.
Morgan: Being with my patients in their time of need and watching them recover.
Brophy: My favorite part of nursing is the relationships you can create with your patients and their families. With labor and delivery, you are meeting your patient and their significant other at a very intimate and special time in their lives that it creates a unique bond. It is such a fun and rewarding job to help them bring their new little one into the world.
What are some of your hobbies outside of work?
Call: Hobbies include spending time with my beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters. I also enjoy mowing the yard, basically being outdoors because so much of my time is spent indoors, talking/watching sports and playing fantasy baseball.
Morgan: Boating, camping and hanging out with family and friends
Brophy: Outside of work, I love to workout and run. I recently completed my first marathon this past October. I’ve been trying to turn my golden retriever into my running buddy, but she isn’t quite taking to it
Celebrating Nurses’ Week
For the most part, nurses Jason Call, Kimberly Morgan and Megan Brophy will celebrate Nurses’ Week while working.
“For nurses’ week, I will be serving my patients, and while I feel appreciated, I cannot say that my family does anything to recognize it. Our department does not let us forget it, though,” Call said.
Morgan said her unit in the hospital makes an effort to celebrate and recognize nurses.
Brophy doesn’t have any special plans for celebrating.
“I don’t usually do anything special for Nurses’ Week. I will sometimes get a nice card from my family. My employer previously has given us a small gift around Nurses’ Week,” Brophy said. “Last year, we received a bag with our logo on it.”