It’s National Nurses Week which was proclaimed in 1974 by President Nixon.
It’s to raise awareness and acknowledge all the hard work nurses do.
“I have always wanted to be a nurse, for as long as I know,” says Brenda Enga/RN, ICU.
And a nurse is exactly what she became.
For more than 30 years, Enga has been a nurse – pretty much everywhere in the hospital.
“Whether it’s death, or newborns, or happy times, sad times, I guess I always so-called enjoyed to be there to help them through their time of need,” says Enga.
Now she’s in the ICU and she flies with North Star Criticare.
She said the best part of her job is that no two days are ever the same.
“Every minute, every day is different. You really need to be a person that’s flexible, love learning, and love changing your hats 40 times a day,” says Enga.
She’s not the only one at Trinity Hospital who feels that way.
“It’s always different, always interesting and I can take care of people and always be entertained at the same time,” says Alycia Couts/RN, Labor and Delivery.
“Every day is very different. It’s not a monotunous job. You see and get to do different things with each patient every day,” says Candace Frunzi/RN, PACU.
When it comes to National Nurses Week, nurses like Frunzi say the recognition isn’t expected, but always appreciated.
“Where we work, people don’t remember anything. You know, they’ve had anesthesia. Sometimes patients or family members send us a card or something and that really does mean a lot because you really know that you made a difference,” says Frunzi.
And no matter what floor they’re on, there’s one thing that keeps them going.
“Teamwork. We have lots of teamwork on this floor and that’s one of the most important things and that’s one part that I love about our job. So you couldn’t get this job done and do all those babies without a great team,” says Couts.