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Honor our nurses

My career in the nursing profession started 25 years-plus ago in emergency and intensive care nursing. The journey eventually led me to Aspen Valley Hospital where I have the privilege of practicing my profession with the finest nurse colleagues in the country.

The dedication of the nursing staff at AVH to their patients and the community is unsurpassed. My past work experience was in major inter-city hospitals in Middle America. In those settings I found that the nurses did not take the level of ownership that AVH nurses take for the care of their patients.

We are constantly being told by the patients that this is the best nursing care they have ever received anywhere, whether national or international. I give the credit to our nursing team and the support they receive from the AVH ancillary departments.

Patients have stated that AVH nurses go out of their way to make a sometimes uncomfortable situation as “pleasant” as possible. Patients expect nurses to be technically proficient (as they should). But it seems that the extra things that nurses do for patients are what they remember most.

A listening ear and a caring touch make a lasting impression. Kindness matters and AVH nurses demonstrate this daily in their work. Nursing is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week profession. This vocation takes a toll on family life. There are times when work comes before anything else.

National Nurses Week is a time when the families of these professionals need to be commended as well. They continually offer the support necessary for nurses to proceed with their work. I also want to commend the graduate nurses who are longtime locals in the community for completing their course work this year at CMC and who will begin their careers as registered nurses at AVH.

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It is very encouraging that local people who already understand the challenges and benefits of living in this valley have made the choice to enter this profession in a time of extreme nursing shortages across the country.

AVH nursing house supervisor and intensive care nurse, Cara Peterson, R.N., recently wrote: “I like to think that I offer everything that I can to my patients, but I seemingly always gain some benefit in return. It is these subtle, but grand, rewards that are endlessly offered in the profession of nursing and that provide me with such high career satisfaction.”

Take the opportunity this week to thank a nurse during National Nurses Week.

Linda Karaus, R.N.

Nurse Executive

Aspen Valley Hospital