2022 Nurses Week | May 6 - 12

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Nurses Strengthening Nurses

As we celebrate Nurses Week, we want to encourage you to stay strong. Your heart to care for others led you to this profession and it will bravely lead you forward. You are not forgotten—you are seen, supported, valued and celebrated. Every nurse has a story of perseverance and strength. Interim HealthCare’s President and CEO, Jennifer Sheets, who is also a nurse has some inspiring words to share:

As I think of the challenges nurses have contended with in the last two years, I am humbled and grateful to be part of a community that is so resilient. I began my career as an RN, so I understand the long hours and immense pressures that come with this role. And now, as President & CEO of Interim HealthCare, I stand in awe of the courage and perseverance you’ve demonstrated in unprecedented times. You have stepped up in every way and it has not gone unseen. We see your sacrifices and your tears, and we couldn’t be more honored to stand beside you and advocate for changes that reward your steadfast commitment. The difficulties you have endured have made you stronger. You are worthy of our deepest gratitude and appreciation. Thank you for all you do in the service of others. Happy Nurses Week!

Jennifer Sheets, President & CEO, Interim HealthCare

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Aura-Lee
I retired from nursing for 11 months after more than 38 years in a hospital setting, but I chose to return to work for Interim ,because I...
Aura-Lee
I retired from nursing for 11 months after more than 38 years in a hospital setting, but I chose to return to work for Interim ,because I love providing high quality care that allows the most ill and vulnerable children and adults to remain at home. The lower patient ratio and time to provide the quality care for patients that each deserves through Interim allowed me the courage to persevere through covid. The reward of watching your care make a difference for our patients and their families have allowed me to persevere and continue forward
Catherine Tedder
Care and support from other healthcare professionals is vital!!!! Thank you to all that are caring for others!
Catherine Tedder
Care and support from other healthcare professionals is vital!!!! Thank you to all that are caring for others!
Lisa Podhyski
The patients who we help daily and sometimes at night. Also my group of nurses that despite all see our patients. Through Covid 19, winter...
Lisa Podhyski
The patients who we help daily and sometimes at night. Also my group of nurses that despite all see our patients. Through Covid 19, winter storms, floods, power outages they continue to make our patients day. My nurses at interim health care in Blakely pa., should be celebrated they our the backbone who keep us all going. Please celebrate my nurses and nurses all over the world for the hard work they do and do it well. They may be tired or sick their selves, but they continue to amaze me with their hard work and perseverance. Blakely Interim Home Health is the best !!!!
Amber Haller
Giving up on those who need us the most is not an option. Making a difference in the lives of others is a reward that can't be measured.
Amber Haller
Giving up on those who need us the most is not an option. Making a difference in the lives of others is a reward that can't be measured.
Carrie Carney
At the beginning of the Pandemic I was the DON for a Skilled Nursing Facility and we had a Covid 19 outbreak. We were moving patients...
Carrie Carney
At the beginning of the Pandemic I was the DON for a Skilled Nursing Facility and we had a Covid 19 outbreak. We were moving patients rooms/putting plastic walls up/working long dreadful hours to care for the ones who needed us. I was moving a patients room when realizing this patient was actively dying, no family at bed side and patient was alone. I got her in her new room and made her comfortable and face time her family. 3 sisters all together mourning the soon loss of their mother from afar, I video facetime them so they could see their mother to say their last goodbyes. I held the phone to the patient and just listened to them say their last goodbyes with tears rolling down my face thinking I am so glad that I stopped and provided this patient and family that moment. Approximately 1 year later I sit in the Administrator and Director of Clinical Service position for Interim Hospice. Knowing that as I empower my team they will make that special and difficult moment matter as well. This is what gives me the courage to persevere.
Margaret Bubulka
its the patients. they are unique, their struggles, happiness, fear, tears help me to become stronger. they make me laugh and cry— someone...
Margaret Bubulka
its the patients. they are unique, their struggles, happiness, fear, tears help me to become stronger. they make me laugh and cry— someone always has it more difficult than whatever im going thru. its what being a nurse is and i wouldn’t trade it i love it
Kristie Boyd
The spirit of nursing and our teams that have risen above the odds to step in even in times when many have walked away and when the odds...
Kristie Boyd
The spirit of nursing and our teams that have risen above the odds to step in even in times when many have walked away and when the odds may have been against us
Lynn Lynn
My faith in Jesus Christ!
Lynn Lynn
My faith in Jesus Christ!
April Brand
The strength of my family and the belief that everyone needs help. It doesn't matter who you are! To lift someone up, emotionally,...
April Brand
The strength of my family and the belief that everyone needs help. It doesn't matter who you are! To lift someone up, emotionally, physically or spirituality is one of the best feelings as a nurse. To let someone know they are not alone is something I can give. I may not be able to fix all the problems but to let them know I am here for them and understand is a blessing I have been called to do.
Shelly Harry
What has helped me find the courage to push on? One word: Alcohol! Nah, just kidding...keeping a sense of humor! The ability to laugh and...
Shelly Harry
What has helped me find the courage to push on? One word: Alcohol! Nah, just kidding...keeping a sense of humor! The ability to laugh and to see that in any situation you can find something funny!
Calli Putnam
The clients! They have all been so kind, understanding willing to adapt to changes we need to make. Coworkers have been amazing at stepping...
Calli Putnam
The clients! They have all been so kind, understanding willing to adapt to changes we need to make. Coworkers have been amazing at stepping in when things arise out of human control. This all makes coming to work worth every obstacle we face.
LCharlene Marucco
We all feel we should be getting raises and know they have been provided for.
LCharlene Marucco
We all feel we should be getting raises and know they have been provided for.
Deborah Sefchick
The Adult supervisor Sharon Smith RN and all the people in her office and on that floor including the reception and a few other people.They...
Deborah Sefchick
The Adult supervisor Sharon Smith RN and all the people in her office and on that floor including the reception and a few other people.They have encouraged me,stood by me and helped me in many ways.
Opral Ashiedu
What has help to persevere since the pandemic of Covid-19 is my passion for nursing profession and my love for the client’s that I serve. I...
Opral Ashiedu
What has help to persevere since the pandemic of Covid-19 is my passion for nursing profession and my love for the client’s that I serve. I actually look forward to going to work every day because I know that my presence impacts my patient’s well being
Lucresia Randolph
The most important thing is my faith in God. I had to stay on course, reminding myself why I'm a nurse. I have a passion for caring for...
Lucresia Randolph
The most important thing is my faith in God. I had to stay on course, reminding myself why I'm a nurse. I have a passion for caring for others who are in need of my nursing skills. Nursing is a calling, only for the chosen few.
Michelle Burns
First and foremost God gives me strength to face the daily challenges of an everchanging profession and multiplied by being able to work...
Michelle Burns
First and foremost God gives me strength to face the daily challenges of an everchanging profession and multiplied by being able to work for a company who honors Him in their mission is an honor, second is my loving husband and family who encourage me daily and understand the challenges health care has faced, last but certainly not least...my beautiful patients! I often say they do as much for me as I feel I do for them...nursing is a passion...seeing their victories gives me strength to face the struggles and persevere each and every day! THEY are my reason ♥
Rhonda Valentine
The fact that my work is making a great difference in the lives of my patients who desperately need my care.
Rhonda Valentine
The fact that my work is making a great difference in the lives of my patients who desperately need my care.
Lisa Martell
I am so grateful to work with such a caring and giving group of Nurses. When we see that one Due to illnesses or the loss of nurses during...
Lisa Martell
I am so grateful to work with such a caring and giving group of Nurses. When we see that one Due to illnesses or the loss of nurses during Covid, it has been a trying being a Nurse anywhere. Fortunately, being a Nurse at the Eau Claire, WI office we take care of each other. When a Nurses is getting burnt out and needs help with her patients, we all step-in take some of her of her patients. We help out when we know a Nurse has been up all night on call and or she has so many patients and is overwhelmed. Our Nurses never even have to ask, we just help out. That is what makes our office the best to work for.
George
The happiness of saving lives.
George
The happiness of saving lives.
Josephine Mendy
I love to stand to be a solve issue in the miss of people.
Josephine Mendy
I love to stand to be a solve issue in the miss of people.
Martina
I’ve been a CNA for 20 years and a Med tech for 2 years. In light of the challenges I just keep a positive mind pray and say being a...
Martina
I’ve been a CNA for 20 years and a Med tech for 2 years. In light of the challenges I just keep a positive mind pray and say being a caregiver is my passion helping out they need use more them every.Don’t give up on the ones that need us the most.We as the caregiver have to stay healthy and stay strong! Encourage each other say you doing a great job!
Laura
I decided at the tender age of 7 that I was going to be a nurse. I was going to help people heal or learn about their illness. I was...
Laura
I decided at the tender age of 7 that I was going to be a nurse. I was going to help people heal or learn about their illness. I was inspired by nurses who did these things for my father and our family when he was injured and hospitalized. This was my first experience that I could remember of a loved one being in the hospital. Prior to that, all care had been family based. I have maintained that desire to help and to teach throughout my 36 year career as a registered nurse. I am happy to say I still enjoy nursing. I find that I learn something daily and I am honored to teach daily. Be it my patient or their family, it is rewarding. Early in my career, i had to deal with the difficulties of acute and long term health issues of my parents and older brother. Unfortunately they all succumbed to their illness and I was faced with their loss from my life. My nursing coworkers, supervisors, support staff and physicians all helped me through this time. I questioned going on in my chosen profession. Their help to guide me to heal allowed me to remember why I am a nurse and also how proud my family, alive and dead, were of the hard work I and all my coworkers achieve.
Ema
I am very thankful nurses. They have serviced our community throughout all this pandemic; think and think.
Ema
I am very thankful nurses. They have serviced our community throughout all this pandemic; think and think.
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Donna
My faith, and compassion for people in need. I started out as an Aid, then LPN, then RN and coming up the ranks made me appreciate every...
Donna
My faith, and compassion for people in need. I started out as an Aid, then LPN, then RN and coming up the ranks made me appreciate every staff member I've worked with. I've wanted to retire many times, but just can't seem to, so working part time at Interim Healthcare helps keep my hand in nursing. I love my patients and try to do anything I can to help them. Love all the staff I work with as well!
Gail
I have been a nurse for 31 years. When covid hit our building, no one retired. I have two nurses I work with that have severe health issues...
Gail
I have been a nurse for 31 years. When covid hit our building, no one retired. I have two nurses I work with that have severe health issues and worked through the pandemic. They inspire me. With chronic health issues, I was concerned I would be forced to retire. I was not. All nurses are heros, all Healthcare staff are heros!
Jo Anna Hamilton, RN
I have been a nurse for most of my adult life, I often tell patients and colleagues that I was born with a nurses cap on! I find...
Jo Anna Hamilton, RN
I have been a nurse for most of my adult life, I often tell patients and colleagues that I was born with a nurses cap on! I find encouragement and the desire to continue to provide care in the dedication I see everyday with youngeer nurses and auxiliarry staff. Presently I work in Hospice care , a field I had dreamed of working in for a long time, and have found the most compassionate staff that I have ever worked with. My career spans L&D, geriatrics, school nursing, MDS and Home health in various capacities, but this latest venture is rewarding me with extraordinary insight into the heart of nursing. I can retire if I want to, as I earned that right after many years in nursing and have lived long enough to benefit from retirement, but I honestly would miss seeing patients and being with other nurses. I am proud to be a nurse and love my profession .
Diana C
My story began on 6/17/2020.... My husband was in a serious accident which left him with a TBI, paralitic on the left side and unable to...
Diana C
My story began on 6/17/2020.... My husband was in a serious accident which left him with a TBI, paralitic on the left side and unable to swallow properly. The ICU nurses were great, of course it was COVID ERA.... but they did their best to keep him stable while in a coma. He was soon transferred to Madonna rehab in Nebraska, again COVID dictated how visitation would work, they to did an amazing job, then on to Meadowbrook rehab, there were a few nurses and therapy staff went to the max for him. Finally 1 yr later, he's home for a short time,, BUT AGAIN SET BACK. this time Wesley and Select Hospital did their best to get him back home to me. ME...just a nobody with no experience in the medical field, however along the way the nurses encouraged me to keep going. Finally release date from the hospital. Then came the admin nurses from Interim. Leslie, who is gone to a different adventure, and Miss Shaunna Hill, our current nurse...without the guidance of her and her skills I would have never been able to take on a level 3 bottom wound, a trachea, a feeding tub, and now a colostomy bag...(Mrs. Rhonda of wounds and colostomy was a huge help as well). But Shaunna has helped and fought for us and encouraged me to keep going, that I was doing good...she answered questions day or night. I joke that if anything ever happened to my husband that I have just enough knowledge to get into the nursing field, without to much schooling..haha. But seriously Shaunna has been such a benefit to us and I could never express how much she deserves the world, she's such a blessing. Thank you to all the nurses and staff that make this unforseen situation bearable and doable.
Peggy Ray
After 40 years in the nursing field, these past 2 years have been more challenging than anything I’ve ever encountered. We’ve struggled...
Peggy Ray
After 40 years in the nursing field, these past 2 years have been more challenging than anything I’ve ever encountered. We’ve struggled past the crisis of the AIDS/HIV and hepatitis b time that forever changed how we provided hands on care. We have come into the time of mental illness and drug addiction that has imploded within our nation and now a pandemic that will forever leave our healthcare system changed. We’ve list great co-workers, friends and mentors during this time. But through it all, nurses still care for the fragile during their most vulnerable times. That’s what we do. There’s nothing on earth I would rather be than a NURSE.
Sharon
The source of my strength throughout this pandemic and the following changes in applicant flow and work force in general has been the teams...
Sharon
The source of my strength throughout this pandemic and the following changes in applicant flow and work force in general has been the teams here in OKC and Tulsa. I can count on these folks every single day. Yes, we do have people that come and go, but in both locations we have a core group of dedicated staff that we can always count on. WE HAVE THE BEST NURSES!
Celestina Osuagwu
When I see my patients recovering, feeding well, doing well,, when they are happy again and I am able to put smiles back on their faces. I...
Celestina Osuagwu
When I see my patients recovering, feeding well, doing well,, when they are happy again and I am able to put smiles back on their faces. I am then happy that I could help them and that have helped me find the courage to persevere and to even want to do more for my patients.