Summit County nurses stay committed to compassion and care |

Summit County nurses stay committed to compassion and care

Dori Welch, an inpatient nurse at the hospital, said a good nurse is “well-rounded and has to have somewhat of an open mind.”

“You have to be ready to learn all the time,” she said. “Having an open mind makes it more successful working with your patients and your peers.”

Welch said that while work is different because of COVID-19, her job is as important as ever.

“It has woken me up to a little bit in the global pandemic to what health care as a whole really means to the population of the planet,” she said. “It’s really brought forth my perception of what compassion can look like across the board and not just in health care.”

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Welch said the “human connection” is the most rewarding part of her job.

“You’re definitely meeting people that are coming in on the worst day of their life,” she said. “Sometimes your co-workers and yourself are having a really awful time, as well. So you have to really dig deep and all work together for some sort of solution.”

Summit County nurses have received recognition and praise for their work outside of National Nurses Week. This year, the 150 nurses at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center have been awarded the Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The hospital’s emergency department also has received the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence award for patient experience and an A-rating from the Leapfrog Group.

“I wish patients knew how much the health care workers actually care for their wellbeing,” Welch said. “That is definitely the ultimate goal with every nurse and health care person I’ve worked with.”

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