Anya is an extremely gifted nurse whose compassion and dedication have impressed me beyond measure. Her acts of kindness, dedication, wisdom and compassion are the reasons she will remain in our hearts forever. What makes Anya so exceptional is her willingness to go the extra yard without as much of a word, complaint, or an expectation. Nursing is her heart and soul and it is unmistakably apparent in the way she administers patient care.
After surgery, my son had a difficult time. He was in a lot of pain and very scared. Anya was able to calm him down and soothed his fears. She spoke to him like an adult, but gave him the care and tenderness of an infant. She was firm and demanding, but at the same time she was kind and sensitive. She told him what was expected of him and assured him each day was going to get better and easier. She was in control of her patient and was resolute in making sure he followed doctor’s orders. Anya made sure he did as he was told because it was for his own good and he would feel better and stronger for it. If my son missed physical therapy because he was too sick or too tired, she took it upon herself to administer his PT. One evening around 9:00 PM Anya came back into our room. Her shift was over and she had clocked out for the day. I asked her, “What are you doing back”? She replied, “I promised him he would walk four times today and he had only been up three times”. She told my son, “I always make good on my promises, now let’s get this done”. Anya didn’t just teach my son how to walk again she instilled a confidence in all of us that helped us take care of him when we got home. She took care of him as if he were her own son.
Anya is the consummate professional. She is the very essence of the words kindness, compassion, dedication, commitment and love. That brand of dedication, I will never be able to repay or forget.