Although currently working in an education role, Amanda Koehler, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, recalls a patient for she cared for that left a lasting impression on her.
As a Nursing Professional Development Specialist, I support nursing orientation and nursing education needs in critical care at both Fairview and Lutheran hospital. I received my BSN from the University of Toledo and started my nursing career in the Kemper Coronary Care Center at Fairview Hospital.
Growing up I always knew that I wanted to work in healthcare, and thought that I wanted to be a doctor, as I didn’t know much about nursing. I later decided that being a doctor was not for me and my parents kept nudging me to go into nursing. I am the first nurse in my family and I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started school. My first clinical was overwhelming and I found myself getting nervous and squeamish wondering if this was really for me. Through the support of my family, I hung on and adapted and I am so happy that I did.
Nursing is a very rewarding and fulfilling profession. Though I am in nursing education now, I still have vivid memories of patients for whom I cared while working in Kemper. One in particular that stands out. I was taking care of an elderly woman who was in cardiogenic shock and was placed on a balloon pump. I had the privilege of taking care of her on the night that she was on the pump, and the following night after it had been removed. She was so strong and eager to get up and get moving. We walked laps that next night with the monitor in tow talking and getting to know each other.
That weekend was also the same time that I found out I was pregnant with my first child. I left Kemper a few months later to work in nursing education. As fate would have it, 8 months later a couple of my Kemper coworkers came to my baby shower and brought a thank you card for me from the wonderfully strong woman that I cared for. It was a reminder to me of not only the impact that we hope to have on our patients, but also the impact they have on us, and the notion that people come into our lives for a reason.