Thanks to a special initiative during Nurses Week, an essay by Marvin Delfin, RN, a staff nurse at the Trinity Mother Frances Emergency Care Center in Tyler, Texas, earned a $5,000 donation in his honor from the Cardinal Health Foundation to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Healthcare services company Cardinal Health, Dublin, Ohio, was looking to go beyond the basics in recognizing and expressing appreciation for the dedicated work of nurses at its partner hospitals and other medical facilities so during National Nurses Week, Cardinal Health launched an online-based nurse appreciation program, RNspire.
An RNspire Facebook page was the programs focal point; Its updated regularly with inspirational messages and stories of Cardinal Health nurses accomplishments. The page, which as of July had received more than 6,500 likes, also is meant to foster interaction among nurses across Cardinals
Our hope in initiating a grassroots campaign like the RNspire program is that all those affected by nurses will seize the opportunity to recognize them, Donald M. Casey Jr., CEO of Cardinal Healths medical segment, said in a news release. We know they deserve it.
One of the highlights of the programs launch was an essay contest for which nurses submitted stories about what inspires them in their profession. The eight submissions that Cardinal Health received were posted on the RNspire Facebook page; visitors to the page were invited to like their favorites. At the end of the contest period in early June, Delfins essay won by receiving the most likes and shares.
Just missing the cape
A superhero in scrubs: Thats Delfins idea of what it means to be a nurse. Delfins winning Facebook essay included his initial self-doubts as a nurse that morphed into a commitment to nursing as a calling netted Delfin more than 1,600 likes and the distinction of winning Cardinal Healths first RNspire
Delfin is candid about his early struggles in the nursing profession. He arrived in nursing school, he said, only because he thought that was the path his friends were taking. When he learned that they instead had enrolled in engineering school, Delfin said, he felt lost but decided to push on in the field. Challenges from demanding instructors and a baptism-by-fire first day in a communicable-disease unit proved temporarily nerve-rattling, but Delfin said he recognized and appreciated the power of nurses to transform lives.
Every year that I wear the medical scrubs, it inspires me to be more of service to others, Delfin wrote in his essay. And now, he advises new nurses struggling with the same doubts he once had to be BRAVE: Be open-minded, Respect self and others, Be self-Aware, Verify goals and Enjoy life (and share that joy with others).
For more information, or to read Delfin’s essay
For more on RNspire, visit www.facebook.com/RNspire. To read Delfin’s essay, visit: https://www.facebook.com/RNspire/photos/a.474851452645652.1073741829.454422014688596/474851489312315/?type=1&theater.