We salute all the nurses that provide care for the ones that sacrifice the most. You keep the heart of this country beating, and for that, we thank you! Here are today’s stories, and only 2 more days until the grand prize winner is announced!
“Ramona Young, my wife, is Mighty Nurse” by Ronnie Young
We were a career military family and after leaving active duty my wife and I decided to become RNs together. 9/11 called for my skill set on multiple military and civilian deployments to Iraq. Ramona Young, my wife, raised our 2 fine sons and for 10 years worked on and charged a very demanding neuro trauma floor. Her humorous, caring, take charge attitude made a difference in staff attitude and pt outcomes. Last year she resigned and followed me to Iraq on a contract for DOS. I watched her as she withstood the daily pressure of incoming rocket attacks and remained the most proficient, caring and loving RN I have ever witnessed. She helped care for the last soldier killed in Iraq and his wounded comrades and cried as he was returned to his family on an Angel Flight. Her can do attitude sustained us and upon return home she settled into a new position in Neuro Trauma ICU, with great peers and Doctors. I have lived with and bled with real heros and Ramona, you are mine. Ramona Young, RN, is my Mighty Nurse, best friend and partner in life.
“Combat Support Hospital Training” by Jason Hautala
It was just a training exercise at Ft. Polk, Louisiana, but they were killing us with one mass casualty event after another. In addition to the thousands of ‘play’ patients we had to push through, we were also the only section that was required to perform ‘real’ medical care. We had a lot of soldiers going down with heat injuries and various other injuries. The judges would chastise my triage ability for putting an eye injury ahead of a chest trauma patient that needed a chest tube, but I would reply, “Because this patient really has an injury and needs help, while that patient is just pretending, and nothing bad is going to happen if I don’t get to him before he ‘dies.’” At the end of the exercise, I commandeered an army ambulance, took it out of the training area, and bought a lot of pizza, drinks, and junk food for my troops. It turns out that you can get in trouble for stealing an army ambulance, but it was worth it to take care of my staff, who not only passed the inspection, but treated dozens of real life emergencies with very little supplies and even less sleep.