Nurses Week 2020: Amy L., RN (Lindner Center of HOPE)

In honor of National Nurses Week, we are spotlighting some of our compassionate nurses at UC Health who make a powerful impact on our patients each and every day. Today, we highlight Amy, a nurse at the Lindner Center of HOPE.

What inspired you to become a nurse?

Amy: I’ve always been interested in the sciences and have a great love of working with people, and nursing combines those interests. My mom is a (now retired) nurse, and her caring spirit continues to inspire me every day.

Why did you choose to work at UC Health?

Amy: I’m passionate about mental health, and the Lindner Center has an outstanding reputation. I feel blessed to be part of a team that’s invested in helping patients achieve their goals in a healing, compassionate environment.

How has your team prepared to handle a disease outbreak like COVID-19?

Amy: In addition to regular education events, the leadership team continually searches for process improvements as changes occur. There’s a regular-shared governance meeting where all staff are encouraged to bring ideas for changes to improve patient care and outcomes.

What advice would you give to nurses who are graduating right now?

Amy: Every patient has a story. Nursing isn’t just about doing the tasks, taking time to listen to a patient’s story is an investment in their care that can guide interventions and improve outcomes. Also, the importance of self-care can’t be overstated. When you take care of yourself, you’re better able to care for others.

What has been your most inspiring experience working as a nurse at UC Health so far?

Amy: It’s hard to choose just one experience. The healing process I get to be part of every day is incredibly inspiring, seeing the progress patients make between admission and discharge.

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