Nurse leaders praise and thank nurses for incredible work in an unprecedented year
As we celebrate Nurses Week 2021, I extend my sincere thanks and appreciation for NURSES.
This past year has presented so many challenges to all of us… in ways we never could have imagined.
I challenged myself to select three words that represent our calling as Nurses over the past year.
This was SO very difficult because of everything we nurses are and do.
My three words are:
Compassion – It’s why we are who we are and what we feel for all our “traditional” patients, but this past year it extended to our families, neighbors, co-workers and Cape Cod community.
Creativity: Nurses are the best at this. Getting it done by figuring it out. Nothing is impossible for a nurse. Nothing. We get it done. Period.
Courage: No explanation here. A deadly virus and a global pandemic. We all understand this first-hand, inside and outside the walls of CCH.
I challenge you to select your three words. It’s hard. Maybe share them with all of us?
Please accept this recognition and gratitude for 2021 Nurses Week from me.
You are the best.
My heartfelt thanks,
Judith C. Quinn, MSN, RN-BC, Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer, CCH
I have struggled to find the right words to thank you for all you have done this past year and for good reason…There are no words that even come close.
I walked into this building for my first day on March 15, 2020. It was a Sunday.
The facilities team was setting up the containment tents outside of the Emergency Room.
Governor Baker had just announced the suspension of school operations.
State workers were told not to report to work on that Monday.
Nursing home and hospital visitation was restricted or eliminated as would be surgeries a few days later.
It was cold & stormy… foreboding of the year to come.
Fourteen months later, we are here, feeling the sun on our faces and feeling… so cautiously optimistic, like we just may be over this awful wave of stress and sadness.
I have learned you all through your eyes as I have never seen most of you without your masks on. This is the one thing I cannot wait to do – to see your smiles and smile with you, laugh with you, rejoice in the lives you have saved and bow our heads for those we could not.
I celebrate you – I honor you. For all you have done and will continue to do, I thank you.
Cynthia Marlin, MS-MHA, RN, ONC, Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer, FH
Words cannot begin to express my gratitude and admiration of all the nurses who have provided endless hours of care to patients in the most difficult time that I have ever seen. I am so fortunate to have been with such a wonderful group of people that are dedicated to their patients, peers, and community.
As we look back over the last several months however, the main description that comes to mind is bravery on the part of the nursing staff. With the great unknowns that were represented by the Covid virus and all the terrible potential ramifications created by the illness, the nursing staff nonetheless went about doing their daily job. Treating and caring for the sick.
These are unprecedented times, which have not been seen for over a century in this country and throughout the world. The nursing staff truly were on the front line. In the beginning of the pandemic, there were so many unknowns. The nursing staff faced these unknowns with bravery and perseverance. Protocols changed daily. As time went on and more was understood about the virus, the nursing staff participated in creating new protocols that improved care and safety for both patient and staff alike. Thank you to the nursing staff who have been selflessness and empathetic, all while providing amazing nursing care.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Mary Johnson, MSN, RN, Associate Vice President of Nursing and Emergency Services, CCH
I feel proud to be a part of Nursing at CCHC because our nurses are extraordinary. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t see or hear of the dedication, compassion, intelligence and the absolute fearlessness of our nurses. Particularly in the last year.
The work we do has meaning, every day. One of our Barton award winners was asked why she had not retired during Covid-19, she answered:
“This is the pinnacle of my career. I have never felt so needed, nor have I ever had so much job satisfaction. I would not have missed out on this for anything, we are all in this together.”
The care we give together has built an amazing bond. I am always proud of the teamwork here, but especially during the pandemic. Everyone came together as a team to take incredible care of our patients.
The dedication to each other and to the patients absolutely contributed to saving more lives. This is true in COVID, and through all areas of nursing.
Jane Johnson, Executive Director of Critical Care, CCH