Recently, I spent nine days in the hospital following emergency surgery at EvergreenHealth Monroe. My physician was Dr. Michael Eickerman. While I was in the hospital he stopped every day and checked on me, offering encouragement and an update on my status and always in a very positive manner.
What I really want to recognize is the nursing staff, both the nurses and nursing assistants, those assigned to my room for the shift, or those that came in once or twice a shift to take blood or vitals. I was in the Surgery and Telemetry section. The nursing staff were always courteous with pleasant personalities, always offering encouragement when I was up walking or doing my breathing exercises and quickly responding when I needed help. It didn’t matter if it was 2 p.m. or 2 a.m., their responses was always the same: “What can we do to help you?” I had a conversation with one of the nurses and asked about the positive attitude of every nurse and how do they attain that. She said, “It’s a calling.”
I feel so lucky to have met this group of professional employees and to have experienced their dedication to a job that is so critical to people’s lives. I’ve not mentioned any of their names because I wouldn’t want to overlook any one of them. I will always remember their pleasant smiles and kindly encouragement.