Everyday Heroes of Nurse's Week 2020
Sheeba Chacko, MSN, RN, CNL, CEN
Clinical Nurse Manager, Emergency Department, Durham VA Health Care System
"Despite many difficulties and fears, I see nurses across the world rising up and bravely rushing in to tackle this crisis and provide the best care they can. I have never been more privileged and proud to call myself a nurse"
What is your favorite part of working as a Nurse?
I have been nurse for 31 years, and for the most part I have enjoyed every bit of it. My favorite part of working as a nurse leader is being able to inspire others to work together in pursuit of a common goal, such as, incorporating best practice to improving the quality of care provided. As a Clinical Nurse Leader, my responsibility is to help frontline nurses provide evidence-based patient‐centered care to patients and families.
Who has been your greatest mentor?
My greatest mentor was my mom who was also a nurse. From a very young age, my mom represented nursing to me as a profession that displays selfless caring and compassion to others. Over the years many nurses that have crossed my path either as a peer or as a leader have taught me many valuable skills, I learned to work hard, listen to my patients and their families and do what is best for them. I feel grateful and honored to be a part of this profession.
What has been the biggest challenge for you during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Our hospital has been working hard to provide COVID-specific protocols, education and training to reduce the risk of transmission during this pandemic. Although the spread of the virus is still a large threat to health-care workers, and the fear of bringing the disease home to spouses and children is real, we continue to show up each day and potentially put our own health at risk in order to help our patients. During this time of social distancing, we are still providing the human connection that patients need to heal.
Anything else that you would like to add?
Despite many difficulties and fears, I see nurses across the world rising up and bravely rushing in to tackle this crisis and provide the best care they can. I have never been more privileged and proud to call myself a nurse.