For the past few years we’ve been spoiled. When it’s come time for hiring babysitters, we’ve had a handful of amazing young girls from our church to ask, and my kids love them all. But recently I needed a babysitter for a weeknight and all of my “regulars” were busy. We’re still new here, and I don’t know many families – much less trustworthy teens – in our town. Thankfully, a friend was willing to share her amazing, local babysitter with us.
Even though this new sitter came highly recommended from someone whose opinion I trust, I was so nervous about leaving my girls with her! I was surprised to realize how anxious I felt, until I remembered that this would be the first time I was inviting a stranger into my home to care for my kids. As it turns out, the sitter got the flu the day before we needed her, so we still haven’t met her. I’m hoping to meet her soon, though, and based on my friend’s opinion I’m sure my daughters and I will love her.
But all this got me thinking about how crucial it is to find safe, compassionate caregivers for our kids — and even more so when they’re sick. I’m fortunate that neither of my kids have ever been sick enough to require a visit or stay at the hospital. But I know when they’ve needed to visit urgent care, the nurses are the ones we spend the most time with and the ones who make the situation a little more bearable.
[I also know, from personal experience during my first delivery, how miserable an experience can be with a less compassionate or effective nurse in charge of your care.]
Over the past several months I’ve had the privilege to work with the local children’s hospital here in Kansas City. Children’s Mercy Hospital is a remarkable organization that serves families with the highest level of professionalism and innovation while also offering them unmatched compassion — and that is absolutely true when it comes to the nurses at Children’s Mercy. I know that, on a small level, from our experiences with a Children’s Mercy Urgent Care facility, as well as from several friends’ experiences with their families.
My friend Kelly responded immediately when I asked for stories about nurses at Children’s Mercy. Kelly’s daughter, Mickey, was hospitalized for more than a month when she was 16 months old for a stem cell transplant. Now six years old, Mickey has visited Children’s Mercy and various clinics several times since then, and Kelly couldn’t say enough about the nurses they saw.
“We love Children’s Mercy and especially their nurses,” she said. “We loved every nurse we had, but of course a few special ones stood out. They seemed to really want to love on us and do whatever they could to make us feel at home.”
Kelly said they’ve seen the same nurse practitioner for six years now, and as they’ve celebrated milestones and met goals post-transplant, that nurse has truly begun to feel like a member of the family. She also shared that when they were kept in isolation during Mickey’s transplant, nurses would come to the room to keep her company while Mickey slept and one even went out of her way to make Kelly feel special when they were in the hospital on Mother’s Day.
“Honestly,” Kelly shared, “it was even the small stuff, like remembering MY name even though Mickey was the actual patient. If I had a strong enough stomach, I’d want to be a nurse. They are amazing!”
The thing about Children’s Mercy nurses is that they aren’t just dabbling in treating kids; they’re specially trained kid experts. Sure, Children’s Mercy nurses are leaders in clinical care, education and research, committed to advancing a culture of quality caring that values relationship-based care in a professional practice environment. And it’s awesome that the hospital employs more than 200 advanced practice providers (master’s or doctoral level education and specialized training for families).
But what’s most significant about the award-winning nurses at Children’s Mercy is that they simply GET kids. They know kids and they know how to comfort them, how to communicate with them, and how to do the same with parents. THAT is why I wasn’t surprised to read that in 2016, Children’s Mercy received its fourth Magnet® Designation, the highest nursing honor that recognizes healthcare organizations that provide superior quality in nursing care.
And THAT is why every one of my friends who responded to my question about experiences with nurses at Children’s Mercy used the same word: AMAZING.
If you’d like more information about the nurses at Children’s Mercy Hospital, click here.
Have you had any amazing experiences with nurses?
You can find more great mom-to-mom ideas and information for a healthy life with Children’s Mercy, the amazing children’s hospital that happens to be here in my town. To learn more about Children’s Mercy, click here. You can also visit the hospital (and get great everyday parenting tips) on Facebook or Twitter.
I’m excited to partner with Children’s Mercy as one of the #CMHmoms. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.