space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* From Our Readers
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Bulldogs Have Busy Week With Mixed Results
* Area Teams Compete in Shawano Invite
* Cougars Secures Win Over Tough Tigers
* Bulldogs Edge Cougars in "County B" Match Up
* Peshtigo Stays UnBeaten in PackerLand

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

From My Window

Issue Date: May 5, 2017

National Nurse's Week

By Jane Thibodeau Martin,



**********



May 6-12 we observe "National Nurse's Week," a time when we are reminded of the value of a critical human part of our healthcare system. While you could rightfully argue that every occupation deserves the dignity of a day of recognition, I do think nurses (and other medical professionals like technicians and nursing assistants) are a very worthy subject for our gratitude.

Nurses fill widely diverse roles, everything from school and occupational health nurses in our educational institutions and workplaces, to highly specialized nurses devoted to specific types of healthcare. They work in clinics, hospitals, and treatment facilities of all kinds; in the military; in elder-care settings; and in humanitarian service duties. They work as hospice nurses, caring for the dying; in mental health treatment programs; and in addiction counseling. Nurses care for our bodies; our minds and even our spirits.

Nursing is the very essence of a "caring" profession. You are unlikely to be a good nurse if you don't have empathy and compassion for people. Often, nurses are burdened with numerous duties of documentation and recordkeeping, regulatory compliance; and administrative work; making it challenging for them to spend as much time in patient and family support as they would like. Yet the best of them still find time for a kind word, gesture or active listening. The work can be exhausting and stressful.

It can also be dangerous. Nurses are exposed to every single illness there is. Many health care workers suffer back injuries, trying to assist or reposition heavy patients. Many work rotating shift work, or lengthy shifts of 12 hours or even more. And they are often the victims of workplace violence, when patients or visitors become combative. Emergency room staff are at highest risk of assault, and hospitals have begun to take measures to protect staff from this hazard. Exposure to body fluids of all types is possible; if you are squeamish, you are unlikely to be able to handle what nurses do.

And the nurses and medical staff are often the "front line" and face of the institution when relatives or friends of patients are angry or frustrated. It is not uncommon for patients themselves to lash out verbally at their caregivers. After all, patients are often in a situation where they are depressed, frightened and angry at what has happened to them. Most people are not at their best when they are patients; they are, after all, ill or injured and in an unpleasant and foreign environment for care.

We are fortunate to have several nurses in my extended family. It is a wonderful thing to be able to have them guide us when a medical crisis occurs, suggesting questions for us to ask the medical provider, or helping interpret a diagnosis.

The last time my husband had an extended hospital stay, I got a bunch of $5 McDonald's gift cards. When any of the medical team caring for him spent a little extra time with us, or exhibited patience with a request, we'd issue a very sincere verbal thank you, and give them a card, asking them to have a coffee break on us. This very small gesture was met with great appreciation, and in at least one case, outright astonishment. That person actually returned to his room when her shift was over, to tell us that she was going to pick her daughter up from school and treat her to a Happy Meal using the card, "that I got because Mommy did a good job at work today." What a great feeling we had, to have made such a small gesture that meant so much to her.

If there is a nurse, nurse's aid, medical technician or anyone else in the medical support field who makes your life better, make time to thank them this week. Their job is not easy, and they deeply appreciate hearing a sincere thank you for everything they do for all of us. And if a friend or relative is facing an extensive hospital stay, bring them a couple small gift cards and allow them the joy of honoring someone who excels at taking care of them.



You can reach me for commentary, alternative viewpoints or ideas at this e-mail address: Janiethibmartin@gmail.com.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
09-13-2018Obituaries
Martin Colburn

09-13-2018Obituaries
Susan Delaurelle

09-13-2018Obituaries
Sandra Dubovenko

09-13-2018Obituaries
Alice M. Forslund

09-13-2018Obituaries
Meho Hukarevic, Jr.

09-13-2018Obituaries
Jane F. Kloida

09-13-2018Obituaries
Sharon A. LaFond

09-13-2018Obituaries
Wilbert E. Leino

09-13-2018Obituaries
Donald Mariucci

09-13-2018Obituaries
Emil "Butch" Mittag

09-13-2018Obituaries
Jane Newlin

09-13-2018Obituaries
Joyce P. Peterson

09-13-2018Obituaries
Patricia A Peterson

09-13-2018
Maxine R. Schmoeckel

09-13-2018Obituaries
Rhonda Sowle

09-13-2018Obituaries
Jean L. Vieth

09-13-2018
Country Cousin

09-13-2018Perspectives
From Our Readers

09-13-2018Perspectives
From My Window

09-13-2018Sports
Bulldogs Have Busy Week With Mixed Results

09-13-2018Sports
Area Teams Compete in Shawano Invite

09-13-2018Sports
Cougars Secures Win Over Tough Tigers

09-13-2018Sports
Bulldogs Edge Cougars in "County B" Match Up

09-13-2018Community - Wausaukee
Presbyterian Church Fall Dinner Oct. 20

09-13-2018Community - Wausaukee
Co. Horse Exhibitors Qualify for State

09-13-2018Community - Wausaukee
10th Annual Village Wausaukee Fall Fest

09-13-2018Community - Crivitz
Bellin Health-Crivitz Monthly CPR Class

09-13-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz VFW Post Essay Competitions

09-13-2018Community - Crivitz
Cancer Benefit for Elysia Mireles

09-13-2018Community - Crivitz
Author to Speak at Crivitz on Sept. 13

09-13-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board To Greet New Staff Sept. 17

09-13-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman Fire Department Open House, Booyah Sale Is Oct. 7

09-13-2018Community - Coleman
Meyers Family Held Family Reunion Sept. 2

09-13-2018Community - Coleman
Benefit for Walker Family

09-13-2018Front Page
Peshtigo Zion Lutheran Church To Celebrate 150th Anniversary

09-13-2018Front Page
County Board To View 2019 Budget Sept. 18

09-13-2018Front Page
Get Information Sept. 17 On New Sex Offender In Pound

09-13-2018Front Page
Explosion and Fire Damages Two Silos At Marth Pellet Co.

09-13-2018Front Page
Insight Into Parkinson's Conference in Menominee

09-06-2018Obituaries
Marian J. Allen

09-06-2018Obituaries
Helen Basak

09-06-2018Obituaries
Carol (Beyer) Bassen

09-06-2018Obituaries
John D. Bolen

09-06-2018Obituaries
Glenn Casper

09-06-2018Obituaries
Roy Dennis

09-06-2018Obituaries
Mary R. Ferris

09-06-2018Obituaries
Rolyn Gilligan

09-06-2018Obituaries
Kathleen Grinsteiner

09-06-2018Obituaries
Shirley M. Halvorsen

09-06-2018Obituaries
Joyce E. Hawkins

09-06-2018Obituaries
Robert A. Koscher

09-06-2018Obituaries
Joseph M. Larson

09-06-2018Obituaries
John C. Lyman

09-06-2018Obituaries
Dorothy J. McCash

09-06-2018Obituaries
Donald C. Ratayczak

09-06-2018Obituaries
Margaret M. Schmidt

09-06-2018Obituaries
Shirley M. Schounard

09-06-2018Obituaries
Sharon A. Szabo

09-06-2018Obituaries
Myrtle M. Van Laarhoven

09-06-2018Obituaries
Tyler G. Walker

09-06-2018Obituaries
Robert G. Westoff

09-06-2018Obituaries
Nancy J. Wituschek

09-06-2018Obituaries
Shirley Zoeller

09-06-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

09-06-2018Perspectives
Trail Camera Stars

09-06-2018Perspectives
From our readers

09-06-2018Sports
Peshtigo Stays UnBeaten in PackerLand

09-06-2018Sports
Peshtigo Wins Tri-City Match-Up

09-06-2018Sports
DNR Conservation Wardens reminder to ATV and UTV riders: "Wear it, Wisconsin!"

09-06-2018Sports
Hansen/Polomis Top Area Runners At Irish Waters

09-06-2018Community - Wausaukee
50 Unites Blood Needed for Sept. 10

09-06-2018Community - Wausaukee
Big Wausaukee Fall Fest Oct. 6

09-06-2018Community - Wausaukee
Legion Post 66 Meeting Sept. 8

09-06-2018Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Auxiliary To Meet Sept. 10th

09-06-2018Community - Crivitz
31st Annual Ruffed Grouse Society Sportsmen Banquet

09-06-2018Community - Coleman
Equity Big Tractor, Truck Pulls, Bands Sept. 15th

09-06-2018Community - Coleman
Utility Board To Meet Sept. 10

09-06-2018Community - Coleman
Pound Fire Dept. Gets WPS Grant

09-06-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman HS Class of 1957 Reunion Sept. 14

09-06-2018Front Page
Thousands Pay Tribute To Vietnam Heroes During Wall That Heals Visit

09-06-2018Front Page
Name Richard Badgley As New Peshtigo Police Chief

09-06-2018Front Page
Family Seeks Reopening Of Cottage Lane Bridge

09-06-2018Front Page
Two Men Die In Marinette County Crashes Monday

09-06-2018Front Page
Public Services Committee Airs Inmate Phone Call Costs

08-29-2018Front Page
Large Caravan Welcomes Wall That Heals To Crivitz

08-29-2018Front Page
Burmeister Approved As Highway Commissioner

08-29-2018Front Page
Crivitz School Holding Open Houses Aug. 30

08-29-2018Front Page
To Name New Chief Sept. 4

08-29-2018Front Page
Marinette County Fair Draws Record Crowds Despite Rain

08-29-2018Community - Coleman
Flag Burning at Coleman Sept. 4

08-29-2018Community - Coleman
Flag Burning at Coleman Sept. 4

08-29-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman HS Class of 1957 Reunion Sept. 14

08-29-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman 1952-58 Classes Reunion

08-29-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman Board To Meet Sept. 4

08-29-2018Community - Crivitz
Legion Labor Day Trap Shoot Sept. 1

08-29-2018Community - Crivitz
Benefit For Annette Bevier

08-29-2018Community - Crivitz
Book Sale at Crivitz Library

08-29-2018Community - Crivitz
Cornhole Benefit for Cancer Victim

08-29-2018Community - Pembine
Elderly Services Sign Up for Living Well

08-29-2018Community - Pembine
Amberg Historical Society Museum Opens Sept. 1, 3

08-29-2018Community - Pembine
Beecher Okays Liquor License for 4-Seasons

08-29-2018Community - Pembine
West Shore Museum Ice Cream Social Sept. 2

08-29-2018Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff ATV Victim Identified

08-29-2018Community - Wausaukee
Northwoods Auction Is Sunday, Sept. 2

08-29-2018Community - Wausaukee
Presbyterian Women List Coming Events

08-29-2018Community - Wausaukee
WHS Class of 1958 To Celebrate 60 Years

08-29-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-29-2018Perspectives
From our readers

08-29-2018Perspectives
From My Window - Edgar Steam Show

08-29-2018Obituaries
Beverly Wagner

08-29-2018Obituaries
Marion E. Verbisky

08-29-2018Obituaries
Mary A. Slempkes

08-29-2018Obituaries
Nickolas E. Sharkey

08-29-2018Obituaries
Edward A. Ochs

08-29-2018Obituaries
Richard R. Klabunde

08-29-2018Obituaries
Steve Hines

08-29-2018Obituaries
Johnnie L. Dietrich

08-29-2018Obituaries
Arling Christensen

08-29-2018Obituaries
Dennis I. Kitchenmaster

08-29-2018Obituaries
Allen R. Urbaniak

08-29-2018Obituaries
Dorothy Torzala

08-29-2018Obituaries
Sheila Koons

08-29-2018Obituaries
John C. Larson

08-29-2018Obituaries
Robert G. Hamm

08-29-2018Obituaries
Steven K. Gromoski

08-29-2018Obituaries
Patricia A. Gamelin

08-29-2018Obituaries
Marvin J. Chaltry

08-29-2018Sports
Marinette Edges Menominee in 112th M&M Showdown

08-29-2018Sports
Bulldogs Hold Off Bears; Coleman Tops Crivitz

08-29-2018Sports
Volleyball Teams See First Full Week of Action

08-29-2018Sports
Area Teams Compete at Gibraltar Invite

08-23-2018Front Page
Wall That Heals Honor Procession On Aug. 28

08-23-2018Front Page
Vandals Continue To Hit At Badger Park

08-23-2018Front Page
County Board Faces Major Decisions at Aug. 28 Meet

08-23-2018Front Page
Marinette County Fair Starts Thursday, Aug. 23

08-23-2018Sports
Gridiron Play Begins With Opening Week Action

08-23-2018Sports
Volleyball Season Begins With Season Opening Invites

08-23-2018Sports
Peshtigo Soccer Opener Ends in Tie with Antigo

08-23-2018Sports
Marinette Girls Earn Silver at Home Invite

08-23-2018Sports
Two Tie for Little River CC Couples Tourney Title

08-23-2018Community - Coleman
Hirings, Resignations On Coleman School Agenda

08-23-2018Community - Coleman
Flag Burning at Coleman Sept. 4

08-23-2018Community - Coleman
Shehows Mark 60th Wedding Anniversary

08-23-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman CCBA Hosts Sell-A-Bration

08-23-2018Community - Crivitz
Middle Inlet Weathers Storms, Road Work Still On Schedule

08-23-2018Community - Crivitz
Set Aug. 28 For Crivitz School Budget Hearing

08-23-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Youth Cheer Registration Aug. 27

08-23-2018Community - Crivitz
Loomis Historical Pot Luck Sept. 6th

08-23-2018Community - Wausaukee
Under the Lights Entertainment Teams Up with Wausaukee Enterprises

08-23-2018Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Fire Department Repays $13,000 To Town


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think the economy is moving in the right direction?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2018
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites