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Nursing week - celebrating the humble heroes of MCMC

May 10, 2012

Monica Van Otterloo, Brenda Zwart, Kristi Schettler, Shari Achteroff, Barb Hakenman, Darlene Mechtenberg, Mary Mesner, Deb Knorr, Sarah Lewis, Char Larson, Kim Olafson. 
 Fulda Free Press Sheila Crowley
Fulda Free Press Sheila Crowley
Monica Van Otterloo, Brenda Zwart, Kristi Schettler, Shari Achteroff, Barb Hakenman, Darlene Mechtenberg, Mary Mesner, Deb Knorr, Sarah Lewis, Char Larson, Kim Olafson.
Day in and day out, nurses put the needs of others first.
Nurses are the humble heroes who serve as the heart and soul of the Murray County Medical Center. During nursing week, MCMC is honoring their dedication to the profession.

Day in and day out, nurses put the needs of others first. They answer the call. They make an impact in the lives of all they touch.

Friday morning’s nursing staff consisting of Mary Mesner, Kristi Schettler, Monica Vanottlerloo, Barb Hakeman, Deb Knorr, Shari Achteroff and Darlene Mechtenberg combined, offer 180 years of nursing experience.

National Nurses Week begins May 6 and runs through the 12. National Nurses Day is listed as May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Nursing has changed drastically from its early stages. In fact the more experienced nursing staff at MCMC recalled having to wear white dresses, hose, white hat and shoes to go to work. “This type of attire wasn’t always practical for some of the jobs required of nurses,” commented Mary Mesner, 23 years as a nurse. Today’s nursing staff wear scrubs which include a variety of colors and designs. The many hours on their feet require very comfortable shoes. “Nurses today work more as a team with the doctors,” shared Darlene Mechtenberg, a 44 year nursing veteran. Barb Hakeman, also serving as a nurse for 44 years commented, “We used to be more like a servant to the doctors, doing their chore jobs. We are now a voice, or the advocate, for the patients providing valuable information to the doctors about the patients.” She continued by saying today’s nurses and doctors are a team in providing care for the patients. Nurses are with the patients 24/7 and are aware of the changes and challenges facing the patients. “We can suggest things to the doctor and they will listen,” said Hakeman.

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