Celebrating National Nurse’s Week
Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet. –Donna Wilk Cardillo.
A simple, yet profound way to capture the spirit of a nurse. We say nursing is a career but it’s really more of a calling — some people are born to heal, guide, advise, care for and listen to people. It is a job that sees the cycle of life from birth to death and everything in between. Those who are nurses know the sadness and joy of caring for people — those who are surrounded by loving families and those who are not. But it’s the nurses who go the extra mile — the ones who go above and beyond the call of duty to truly make a difference in the life of another person. Someone who sees people for who they are — a person with hopes, goals, dreams, regrets and losses, a real human person who cares for them as they want and on their terms. That’s a real gift.
As we approach National Nurses Week, we’d like to take a moment to thank our nurses at Lifesprk — whom we call Life Care Managers — for being the kind of people we admire. Thank you for your passion, your energy, your dedication, that driving purpose that compels you to look at people and find ways to spark their lives. Every day you do this selflessly and it makes a tremendous impact on the lives of the people we serve. They thank you, and so do we.
We have a unique blend of nurses who do the seemingly impossible at moments when it matters the most to other people. “We need to spark lives and the whole company is aligned around that mission,” said Ethel Muchlinski, RN, Director of Life Care for Lifesprk. “I don’t have to wait for someone else to tell me how to care for a client, I have full authority to do what needs to be done, to get creative and solve client issues on my own.” That’s the kind of attitude and spirit shared by all of our Lifesprk nurses — do whatever it takes to spark someone’s life.
Our nurses have been known to sing Amazing Grace in a room full of people only to ease a client’s passing, to listen and know how even the smallest of gestures can ignite a big spark. They help polish silver because it’s important to our client, revel in the gift of wisdom from a client and share it with others so their lives are sparked, too, and have the courage to know when an approach isn’t working and try again as you quietly let someone be independent, on their own terms.
Our nurses love our clients and families that much, and it sparks our lives to witness this power each day. Patch Adams said, “You treat a disease: you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you win — no matter the outcome.” Our nurses treat people — with purpose and passion and without judgement. They are the coaches who never give up and help people reach their goals.
Thank you to our team, and every nurse — Life Care Manager — we work with, for coming to work every day ready to change the experience for people in the second half of life and improve the lives of others.