When I became a nurse I stopped asking myself what I was meant to do in my life. I embraced a presence in the lives of people I hadn’t envisioned, and a commitment to those I worked with based on a duty to those we served, but with a heartfelt dedication I could not explain. My nurse life was significantly purposeful, learning and rewarding, but I wanted more and better. Better outcomes, more tools, less suffering and pain, and…more.
Gandhi’s words motivated me to “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” and we know that every day nurses meet this calling.
Fast forward through my career (with 13 moves in 15 years): Staff Nurse to Charge Nurse to Manager, to Service Line Director, to Healthcare Project Director, now implementing the systems and technologies that give us information, communication and solutions…change.
Florence Nightingale held a lantern on the Crimean battlefield lighting the way, she saw in the dark…purpose.
Electronic systems, applications, computers and iPhones give us quantifiable solutions just one click away…at our fingertips. We experience rapid change in everything, every day of our lives.
Nursing embraces the meaning of our work and envisions the future, succeeding in making the difference in the lives of patients every day. I celebrate all of you, cherish your expertise and professionalism, and walk with you…forward.
Sally Gallot-Reeves, MSM, CPM, CCM, RN, is Healthcare Project Director at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New Hampshire.