Farmington Hills, Mich., December 11, 2006
---At this time of year, advice abounds about how to deal with holiday stress. Yet, what if you’re a nurse in a hospital where all patients in your charge are at risk for cardiovascular problems? Every day, you’re constantly on the alert, monitoring patients and giving lifesaving treatment to avert heart attacks and worse. Holiday stress just isn’t in the same league as the job stress experienced daily by nurses working in hospitals.
A group of community-minded girls recently visited the nurses at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills on a Saturday morning in December to express their appreciation for the nurses’ hard work and long hours. At their holiday party the night before visiting the hospital, Girl Scout Daisy Troop 6730 of William Grace Elementary School in Farmington Hills assembled gift bags filled with items to help nurses enjoy their break time---healthy snacks, chewing gum, mints and hand lotions.
“What a delightful surprise! exclaimed Deb Helstowski, RN, a 10-year veteran on Botsford’s Progressive Care Unit. “We really appreciate the girls’ thoughtfulness. They made our day!”
Members of Troop 6730 who visited Botsford Hospital included Madelin Carpenter-Crawford, Lindsay Casey, Marisa Dring, Margarita Howes, Madison LaPree, Talise Lewis, Michelle Odien, Heather Opperthauser and Sarah Walker.
According to Michele Casey, a troop leader, teaching the girls to be aware of their community has been a priority this semester. Learning about how nurses help sick people has increased the girls’ understanding of and respect for all people who work in health care professions.
Perhaps some of the girls will look back on this moment and make the decision to enter the nursing profession when they are old enough. For now though, it’s fun just to be in kindergarten and giving presents to people.
Botsford Hospital, an independent, acute care, 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2005 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders award and the 2005 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital Setting (for treatment of heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia) and in the Emergency Department Setting (for treatment of heart attack and pneumonia). Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.
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