URING ONE NIGHT SHIFT on
the CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s Intensive
Care Unit, there was a patient who was doing poorly due to
bleeding as the result of a cardiac
procedure. His case was very complex and required the care of two nurses throughout
most of the shift.
One nurse, Lucy Offut, was assigned to him,
but a co-worker, Sue Wingard, spent most of the night helping
Lucy while caring
for her own designated patients.
Several other Associates, including Grace Swaim, Kara Wright, Janet Stone
and Laura Hayes, were also very helpful. They maintained a positive
were supportive of the patient’s family—as well as each other—throughout
the night. Through the most stressful times,
they kept a positive attitude, demonstrating exemplary teamwork.
next morning, the patient had to be rushed back to surgery. With not a
moment to wait for the hospital chaplain, Sue, Grace, Arzella,
Janet, myself and the patient’s daughter all joined hands with the patient
as Grace prayed. No one asked or prompted these Associates to pray with
They simply responded to need without question or hesitation. I was honored
to be a participant.
RN House Supervisor
CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s Health System