As 2020 has been declared Year of the Nurse by the World Health Organization, we would like to take this time to focus on our great nursing staff. They are arguably the most important people in the organization, whether they think so or not. We appreciate the sacrifices they make to take care of us and our loved ones. From working nights and holidays, to being on call and making home visits- they do it all with integrity and courage. They are selfless, caring, innovative, fierce, and much more than we have time to describe. So, nurses, thank you. You do what others cannot, we appreciate you.
With that, BBGH would like to share with you, our community, a little bit more about our nurses. Who they are and why they do what they do. As 2020 marks new beginnings, we were happy to announce the reopening of our Obstetrics Department late last year. It seems appropriate we start the year off featuring the nurses on our OB team.
Meet Susan Hoff, OB Coordinator. Susan spent a majority of her grade school and high school years in Chadron and attended Chadron State College for college. She then went to University of Nebraska Medical Center in Scottsbluff for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. After working in Lincoln, Susan came to Alliance with her husband to be closer to his family for a few years. Nineteen years later, Susan and her husband are still here. She has worked at BBGH on the Med Surg, Dialysis, and OB teams. “The bulk of my career has been in OB, which I truly enjoy,” Susan said. Although nursing has been a big part of Susan’s life, she says she really fell into it. “I started college to be a Med Tech, with RHOP, in Chadron. I was planning on being a PA, but after a year I decided I didn’t want to do that… My friend was going to nursing school and planning on being a Nurse Practitioner, and I thought that was a great plan so I followed suit. I have been a RN for 20 years now.”
Meeting new people and being able to help make stressful situations better are a couple things Susan enjoys about being an OB nurse. She says, “It’s amazing how you can feel a room change when a baby is born.” One of the things Susan enjoys outside of nursing is spending time with her family, as well as spending time outside. “I love to run or go for a hike. I also love true crime podcasts and television shows.”
Florence Nightingale, popularly known as the ‘founder of modern nursing’ mentioned in her personal diary in the 1870s, “It will be 150 years to see the kind of nursing I envision.” We hope to continue her vision, 150 years later and 150 years from now. One thing Susan would like to see change in nursing in the next 100 years is improvement on “true quality of care of the patient” instead of relying on surveys.
As 2020 continues, keep your nurses in mind. They have families, hobbies, and feelings just like the rest of us. The main difference is they are courageous enough to do what we cannot, or choose not, to do.
Caption for attached photo: OB Coordinator Susan Hoff, RN at Box Butte General Hospital.