Celebrating Our Public Health Nurses
In the last year we have looked to the nurses helping our community. Nurses have supported us throughout the pandemic in more ways than most will know. They were by the side of frightened patients struggling in the ICU, helping new moms who had to come to the hospital alone to deliver their babies, and working with patients through mental health crises as the world seemed to fall apart around them. Some nurses were, for better or for worse, forced under the public’s microscope, while others continued their vital roles in the background as lockdowns, guidance, and information was constantly changing.
Thank. You. Nurses.
“They are put in the middle of their client’s trauma and manage to maintain their boundaries and support themselves so that they can give years to this profession and our community.”
Help us thank the nurses in our community:
- Share some love on social media.Tag nurses you know and let everybody know how amazing they are or share a story about how a nurse has impacted your life.
- Write a personal note: handwritten notes still make an impact. If there is a nurse that made difference in your life, let them know!
- Get involved on the job. Are you a teacher? Have your students create a poster for the school nurse. Work at a coffee shop? See if you can give nurses a discount or an extra punch on their punch card. Whatever your specialty is, find a way to use it to show nurses your appreciation.
- Honor a nurse with a tribute to the American Nurses Foundation.
Remember to include nurses in non-traditional settings! Nurses can be educators, researchers, work in public health and a variety of other non-clinical areas.
SRHD Public Health Nurse, Tia Daly, Clinical Nurse in the Opioid Treatment Program
“They invest so much of their time and emotional energy into supporting clients with highly complex needs.”
SRHD has many nurses who serve our community in a range of ways.
We say thank you to our nurses in Disease Prevention who educate and provide resources to community members to keep everybody safe.
Thank you to our nurses in Treatment Services for helping clients understand addiction and helping them receive the help they need.
Thank you, to our nurses in our Healthy Families and Nurse Family Partnership programs for caring for families and helping them thrive as they grow together.
Thank you to all our nurses for their knowledge, dedication, compassion and care they give so generously.
Jan Yoder, SRHD Public Health Nurse, Nurse-Familly Partnership Program
“Public Health nurses are challenged with providing care to some of our highest-risk populations.”
SRHD public health nurses: Emily Ketchel administering Kira Lewis' first dose of Moderna
“They work hard to build relationships with those they serve, making genuine connections and inspiring clients as they navigate changes to improve their health.”
SRHD Public Health Nurse, Kira Lewis, showing off her muscles!
“They meet clients where they are, physically, in their homes or shelters, or mentally, working to support clients in change that may take years. And celebrating each bit of progress.”