Saint Clares Health System held its second annual Spend a Day with a Nurse program during National Nurses Week. This program was inspired by Suellyn Ellerbe, RN, MN, NEA-BC, executive vice president, COO and CNO at Saint Clares.
The program provides other members of the hospital team such as the CEO, physicians, hospital board members and members of other departments such as finance and payroll the opportunity to experience what nurses do every day. The staff members are paired with a nurse for a few hours and receive an inside view of the daily routine and experiences of a staff nurse. The day began with publicity and recruitment of interested participants, who then were assigned a nurse to shadow for two hours on various nursing units.
Special care nursery nurse Lisa DePue, RNC-MNN, MSN, was shadowed by Ray Maximo, a member of Saint Clares Human Resource Department, who requested the nursery. He was given an example of the nursing care provided to babies and parents.
After feeding and vital signs, DePue was called for a cesarean section. With a little prepping, Maximo went back to watch the delivery. After the baby was born, Maximo was able to observe DePue and the pediatrician assess and stabilize the newborn.
At the conclusion of their time together, Maximo said he wanted to observe the nursery because his wife is a neonatal ICU nurse.
“I truly appreciate the information and insight which helped me gain a better understanding of what nurses do, as well, as a better understanding of what my own wife does on a daily basis,” Maximo said.