Nurses sacrifice a lot and set aside their personal agenda just to tend to the sick and ailing patients.
Most nurses ensure that their every action is done with the patient’s safety and recovery in mind. And then there are those who are willing to go the extra mile for the sake of their patients.
Here are five modern Nursing heroes who have stood out by contributing so much in their profession (in no particular order):
1. Linda Aiken Ph.D., FAAN, FRCN, RN
Listed as one of the 100 most influential people in healthcare in 2010, Aiken earned her BSN degree from the University of Florida. Even before starting a job as a nurse, she already saw the disassociation between what nurses really wanted to do and what is achievable in the hospital setting. Her excellent international research proves that Nursing is the key factor that can help improve patient recovery.
2. Diane Carlson Evans
The President of Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, Diane Carlson Evans is a Vietnam War nurse who worked in the burn and surgical units of the evacuation hospitals in Pleiku and Vung Tau.
She was sent there when she was 21 years old and served for a year. She was instrumental in convincing the congress to recognize the value and contribution of women who fought side by side with male soldiers and those who served in the medical departments.
Her initiative paid off when the Vietnam Women’s Memorial was dedicated in November 11, 1993 where until now she serves as the president and the chairman of the board of directors.
3. Christine Hancock
Hancock became the fourth elected president of the International Council of Nurses in 2001. She started her Nursing career in King’s College Hospital in London and subsequently established the C3 Collaborating for Health. This small charity organization has a global grasp that aims to prevent the widespread occurrence of chronic diseases by preventing the influence of three major risk factors namely tobacco, lack of physical activity and poor diet which are known to cause half of the world’s deaths.
4. Trevor Clay CBE , FRCN
Clay became the general secretary of Royal College of Nursing in 1982. He negotiated with British legislators to help increase nurses’ salaries and also used his influence to educate the government and the public regarding the important role nurses play in healthcare.
His efforts also helped increase the relevance of Nursing programs among colleges and universities. He died in 1994 due to emphysema at the age of 57.
5. Janet Rami RN, PhD
Rami ensured that the victims of Katrina Hurricane receive quality care above anything else. As a Dean of the Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she worked diligently from August 31, 2005 to May 31, 2007 just to make sure that the evacuees are well attended to by leading the mobilization and assignment of advanced practice nurses, faculty, students and volunteers to different strategic locations.
Rami was also instrumental in arranging for the homes of the Renaissance Village residents and coordinating with the school of nursing for the care of everyone living in this FEMA trailer community.
So who do you think among these heroes have a personal impact on you? Keep in mind though that our nursing role models can also be our co-workers, clinical instructors or immediate supervisors. Hope their achievements will serve as your constant reminder and inspiration to do great things for others.