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A nod to nurses

Story of ex-Mercy employee shows profession’s vast changes
Mercy Regional Medical Center celebrated its 50th anniversary, its “Golden Jubilee,” in 1934. Nuns, nurses, clergy and doctors gathered in front of the old Mercy Medical Center for the occasion. Lucille (Irwin) Thompson, far right, upper row, was a student at the time. The field was on the brink of substantial change when she began.
Registered nurses look and perform differently today than 50 years ago. Sans crisp, white uniforms and caps, they also use advanced technology. Mercy registered nurses Jeanne Gonzalez, medical/surgical manager, left, and Mary Shry review a patient’s medical record electronically. Shry was a “super-user” who helped with training when the new electronic record was implemented a few months ago.
Mercy registered nurses Will Baukhages and Michelle Ryan, the orthopedics team leader, review data from a patient. In addition to bedside monitoring, each patient room has a computer that nurses use to document care of patients.
Thank your local nurse

If a nurse has gone out of his or her way to help in a time of need, why not thank them? And if you act quickly, you could evewn do it in conjunction with Nurses Week, which began Sunday and runs through Saturday.
The Colorado Nurses Association (District 7) recently received a kind letter from Walt Heikes of Durango, said district President Lynne Murison.
“For many years, I’ve greatly admired nurses for their compassion, their skills, their friendliness and their dedication,” Heikes wrote. “To me, they are without a doubt the finest people in the world. ... Nurses don’t receive the appreciation they so richly deserve.”
Murison suggests sending a card to let a nurse know how his or her care helped or touched you. If you don’t know where to send a card, she said, you could write a letter to the editor at The Durango Herald.

A nod to nurses

Mercy Regional Medical Center celebrated its 50th anniversary, its “Golden Jubilee,” in 1934. Nuns, nurses, clergy and doctors gathered in front of the old Mercy Medical Center for the occasion. Lucille (Irwin) Thompson, far right, upper row, was a student at the time. The field was on the brink of substantial change when she began.
Registered nurses look and perform differently today than 50 years ago. Sans crisp, white uniforms and caps, they also use advanced technology. Mercy registered nurses Jeanne Gonzalez, medical/surgical manager, left, and Mary Shry review a patient’s medical record electronically. Shry was a “super-user” who helped with training when the new electronic record was implemented a few months ago.
Mercy registered nurses Will Baukhages and Michelle Ryan, the orthopedics team leader, review data from a patient. In addition to bedside monitoring, each patient room has a computer that nurses use to document care of patients.
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