During a recent trauma, the nurses, techs, security guards and even the housekeeper worked together as a team. What impacted me the most was the mom repeating “what great teamwork, what a team!!! I know they are trying!!" The mother of the child noticed every effort made by everyone, and although her child was in peril, she was so appreciative. Although sometimes as caregivers we have a difficult time and our work can bring so many challenges, on this day and so many others I saw the staff working together as a great team. I saw people trying to save a child. I saw people working harder than ever, people crying, identifying themselves with this mom who desperately cried for her child.
We were so moved by this tragedy that the ER staff made a collection to help with funeral services. I would like to thank Zonia and Tania for starting this collection during the night shift. In total $426 dollars were collected. I took this money yesterday to the mom during the funeral. She stopped to look at me and stood with me in front of her child's casket. She asked for everyone’s attention and in front of everyone she thanked me and Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, for trying to save her child. She was extremely grateful. She could not stop saying how great we were and what great teamwork she saw. This was followed by a few people applauding. So many people came up to me to say thanks. I wish we could have all been there, because it was not just me, it was the effort of so many people. She told me she would go to the ER to personally thank everyone who was there that day. She also expressed how happy she was that I was there representing our ER. She didn’t even look in to the envelope full of money. All she cared was that WE CARED for her and her child.
Sometimes it takes a tragedy to realize how lucky we are for having our health and our children safe. It also makes us realize what nursing is all about. It doesn’t matter if changes are occurring for the safety of the children. What matters is that we work with a great team!!!
I would like to thank everyone who was there that day. Not only in direct contact with this patient, but everyone who was in the ER because everyone worked together and did not forget about every other patient in the ER that day. I would also like to thank everyone who donated money, because even though we did not pay for the funeral in total, we helped this mom.
Yarelis Alicea, RN, CPN, CPEN