TERRE HAUTE —
Being a nurse …
Like most nurses, I chose this profession because I had a strong desire to help others and no other career would allow me the opportunity to touch lives the way I have been able to through nursing. I chose mental health as my nursing specialty but any nurse could tell you that no matter what specialty you choose, our holistic approach to our care requires us to “specialize” in every field of nursing in one way or another.
A nurse will care for the whole person not just the illness. We know there is more to a diabetic patient than just their blood sugar, more than a blood pressure reading for the heart patient. Each one of our patients has a story to share and sometimes we are the only ones they have who will listen to them. During nursing school, I quickly learned that listening to the patient’s concerns and helping them work through their fears was my favorite part of nursing. I knew I had found God’s purpose for me in mental health nursing.
I quickly learned the challenges in this field but had wonderful mentors and teachers to help me overcome those challenges. You want to do all you can for each patient, but you soon find there is only one of you and multiple patients with multiple problems and not enough hours in the day. You have to prioritize your work load but make sure that the patient that is at the end of your priority list knows they are just as important as the patient at the top of the list. Our patients always come first, which means there is often no time for lunch, no time for bathroom breaks. We come in contact with every body fluid imaginable and our only concern is to make sure we follow universal precautions so we don’t have to do more paperwork for our Infection Control Department.
Nursing is so much more than passing medication or changing a bandage. We have the amazing ability to decipher a physician’s handwriting that looks like hieroglyphics. We advocate for the patient when insurance tells you they have to go home but you know they need more time in the hospital or you provide 101 reasons why they need a certain medicine that the insurance doesn’t want to pay for. We are the teacher when they can’t understand what is wrong with them or the directions the doctor told them to follow. We are the pharmacist when they have a question about their new medicine. We are the counselor when they just need somebody to talk to. Our patient’s lives go way beyond our hospital or office doors and we are in this profession to help make sure they are able to live their lives to the fullest.
There may be a list of challenges with this profession but the rewards definitely outweigh those challenges. I have had the privilege of working at Hamilton Center for 15 years now. I am blessed to have worked with the greatest group of individuals that have dedicated their lives to care for our patients and increase awareness of the stigma associated with mental illness. I have had the opportunity to see lives changed because of what we do. I have seen the individual that tried to take her life a year ago, now graduate from college. I have worked with individuals who spent most of their adult life in an institution get their first apartment or get their first job. I have been there when my patient was diagnosed with cancer, sat with them through every chemotherapy treatment and held their hand when they took their last breath. I cry with our patients, I laugh with our patients, and yes I even pray with our patients. I couldn’t ask for a better career. I love what I do and live by our Hamilton Center motto to build hope and change lives and my patients have blessed mine.
— Brooke Kempf, RN PMHNP, Corporate Director of Nursing, Hamilton Center Inc.
TERRE HAUTE —
Being a nurse …
EDITORIAL: What do Sony cutbacks mean?
It is easy to understand why shivers run down local people’s spines whenever rumors hit the streets about Sony DADC’s plant on Terre Haute’s east side. With more than 1,400 people currently employed in Sony’s production and distribution facilities, the community has grown somewhat dependent on the economic stability Sony provides.
- Readers’ Forum: March 7, 2014
RONN MOTT: Knicks
The big noise in the NBA is whether Carmelo Anthony will stay with the New York Knicks or go elsewhere.
If my memory serves, and it doesn’t always, Carmelo left the Denver Nuggets, the team that drafted him, to play in the bright lights of the Big Apple. It was loudly proclaimed at the time that Carmelo wanted to play for a championship team. The Knicks’ ownership bought a bunch of players and spent a whole bunch of money to aid Carmelo in helping the Knicks to get to a championship.
EDITORIAL: More ill will against gays
If you’re a feral cat wandering freely through a trailer park in Indiana, the General Assembly has taken action to make your life better.
Readers’ Forum: March 6, 2014
Utilities do need tighter regulation
Great work by TV sports staff
Editorial: A good place for persistence
The topic of Gov. Mike Pence’s effectiveness as the state’s top governmental leader during this year’s General Assembly will be hashed and rehashed after the session closes down in the next couple of weeks. At best, the first-term governor will get mixed marks.
- Readers’ Forum: March 5, 2014
RONN MOTT: Abraham Lincoln and George Washington
I remember when by edict the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were lumped into a single celebration called “Presidents Day.” I thought it was stupid then, and I still do.
LIZ CIANCONE: Antiques show better than any modern programs
I’m not a big fan of television.
Readers’ Forum: March 4, 2014
Lunatic ravings of the far right
Let IRS take the bullying pledge
EDITORIAL: New attention on sex assaults
Youth sexual assault in Indiana is a troubling issue that has not received the attention it deserves.
KELLY HAWES: It’s time to take politics out of redistricting
A bill to form a bipartisan redistricting commission apparently died in the Indiana Senate last week.
Readers’ Forum: March 3, 2014
Social workers honor profession
FLASHPOINT: Restoring trust, respect in schools rests in fundamentals
A recent Harris poll of 2,250 adults reveals a troubling educational trend.
EDITORIAL: Voters don’t have to stand for entrenched partisanship
Realistic Hoosiers understand members of Congress will typically follow their political party line.
MARK BENNETT: People spaces
Demolition machinery chipped away at the buildings on the 500 block of Wabash Avenue. I stood and watched awhile, last week. By July 2015, a new $18.7-million structure will replace those relics.
THOMAS L. STEIGER: Creativity requires freedom from the risks of failure
Last week I wrote about the themes that emerged from the panel discussion by five Wabash Valley members of the “creative class.”
Flashpoint: Everyone would benefit from responsibly expanding health coverage for Hoosiers
A medical epidemic is one of the worst scenarios a hospital can face — when a significant portion of the population is suddenly struck with a life-threatening illness.
Readers’ Forum: March 2, 2014
Candle still burns at St. Ann’s Clinic
Thanks to all at Sarah Scott
How should we define marriage?
An argument of science and law
Chance to expand your knowledge
Excellent service from paper carrier
Central time zone makes more sense
Summer adult baseball league for all ages
Recognizing that all people matter
More selfish opposition to Common Core
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news
Cheers, Jeers and Tears
You can say that again
Reader Poll results
RONN MOTT: Independent thinking in a rapidly changing world
I am a rather independent person. Oh, I don’t belong to any radical, political organization.
Editorial: Toward a better Lifeline Law
In a perfect world, no college or high school student under 21 would drink alcohol, especially to excess. No student would be sexually assaulted. And no student would experience a drug overdose. There is no perfect world.
- Readers’ Forum: Feb. 28, 2014
RONN MOTT: Ukraine
It’s quiet in Ukraine as I write this but, trust me, it won’t be quiet very long.
EDITORIAL: More welcome news for downtown
An average game of dominoes lasts about a half-hour.
READERS' FORUM: Feb. 27, 2014
• Unfair criticism of electric utility
Editorial: A display of confidence
Successful organizations and institutions have stable and effective leadership at the top. Those who don’t suffer the consequences. So it’s no surprise that Indiana State University’s board of trustees is offering a three-year contract extension to President Dan Bradley to run through mid 2019.
- Readers' Forum: Feb. 26, 2014
RONN MOTT: The Olympics
In the medal count in the Olympics, we ended in second place. In times past, without infusion of money, training, etc., second place might have been OK. For this sports-crazy nation, it is not OK.
LIZ CIANCONE: Preference wins over etiquette every time
It’s a source of amusement to me when I read about the trivia which concerns some folks.
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