My name is Lorie Rhine, MSN, RN, NE-BC, and I am Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer of Summa Health System Akron and St. Thomas campuses. I chose the question, “How do I keep my passion and enthusiasm for nursing alive?”
A common question posed to most nurses today is, "Would you still choose nursing as your profession?" My answer is a resounding YES! I still carry with me many memories of specific patients I had the opportunity to care for over the years, and each one informs and influences my views and decisions to this day.
Nursing plays an integral part in all healthcare services, and has a wide and enduring impact on health outcomes. Every day, nurses around the world work to provide outstanding care, compassion, and support to patients and their families. They not only help those who are sick to get better, they also influence and encourage others to make lifestyle changes that will keep them well. As the first line of defense in the prevention of illness and injury, they improve, champion, and promote the health of their entire community. What a great responsibility and privilege we as nurses have to positively affect the lives of others.
I have been a nurse for 38 years and have loved my journey and career choice. Technologies have changed over the years; however, the core beliefs of Florence Nightingale still shape what we do each day. I still feel energized when I round throughout the hospital, my passion comes from engaging with frontline staff who make a difference EVERYDAY. I continue to be inspired by the commitment of the nurses I am fortunate to lead. I marvel at their innovation; and recognize that they are influencing the lives of all those who work alongside them or are cared for by them.
The start of this new decade brings with it opportunity to promote growth in our profession and expand our influence and impact on the health of our communities. 2020 – what a great year to be a nurse!