Nurses are wonderful

To the Editor:

I must write about my recent experience at NVRH, the "gem on the hill." It is a gem, if one must be hospitalized and then ministered by the nurses on the second floor.

Being a retired nursing professor of many years, I believe I must unconsciously observe and record in my brain most of my experiences with nurses, even those experiences of today. Sometimes I find that in doing this I end up wanting to teach class again to a particular few, but mostly I find myself extremely pleased and proud with the outcome. That is certainly how I felt during a recent hospitalization.

No matter the shift (daytime, evening or night), every nurse that entered my room came well prepared to minister to my immediate needs. They knew the treatment plan that was under way and did not need to keep me waiting while they became informed. They used their nursing knowledge in making suggestions that would hopefully increase my comfort. We can all agree that while that is important to the healing process, what most impressed me was that every nurse I interacted with was absolutely pleasant and refreshing to have around. They took their time with me, made comfort suggestions, answered my questions and were overall very professional with their car, their appearance, their attitude.

I hope these nurses, and nurses everywhere, receive the admiration and accolades they richly deserve. They are the front line in our care, always there every day, every holiday, every weekend, every hour.

Thank you, nurses at NVRH, for being there for me and four our community.

Mary Dawson

St. Johnsbury, Vt.

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