COLUMBIA, Mo. — Has one of our nurses touched your life? If so, University of Missouri Health Care asks you to share your story at www.facebook.com/muhealthcare in recognition of National Nurses’ Week, scheduled May 6-12.
National Nurses’ Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. Nightingale is considered to be the founder of nursing as a modern profession.
“Today, nursing is the largest profession in health care,” said Liz LaFoe, R.N., a nurse who works in the E.R. at University Hospital. “From the bedside in hospitals and long-term care facilities, to providing care in schools or in the patient’s home, to research and even lawmaking, nurses are committed to advance the health and well-being of the citizens of this country.”
University of Missouri Health Care employs approximately 1,250 nurses with over 12,000 combined years of experience.
Kelly Coleman of Sedalia, Mo., became a fan of MU Health Care nurses when he found himself in route to University Hospital on the Staff for Life helicopter with a life-threatening aortic aneurysm.
“My ascending aorta was coming loose from my heart,” said Coleman. “It was hanging by a thread, and if it had come loose I would have been dead in two minutes. In flight I was losing consciousness, and as the chopper was coming down I basically gave up and figured it was my time to go. About the time they got me off the helicopter, my arm fell off the gurney. A trauma nurse grabbed my hand and got within 12 inches of my face and said, ‘you’re not going anywhere, you’re mine now.’ And that turned me around long enough for them to get me into the emergency room. They kept me alive long enough to have the surgery that I needed.”
Coleman underwent a 13-hour procedure to repair his heart and spent 10 days in University Hospital’s cardiac intensive care unit, where he made a full recovery.
“The nurses were present every time I woke up, they touched me and encouraged me and nursed me back to health,” he said. “They did not appear to be doing a job but acted like they were on a mission. And I got the impression that they would have gone to the gates of hell to bring me back to the land of the living.”
Visit www.facebook.com/muhealthcare starting on May 6 to see a video of Coleman, to find out more about the nurses at MU Health Care or to share a story of your own about one of our nurses who has made a difference in your life.