MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) – Some of the top executives at Kettering Health Network are gaining a new appreciation for the work nurses do.
During National Nurses Week, leaders from the not-for-profit hospital network are “walking in nurses’ shoes” for several hours. It’s an annual tradition to promote understanding.
“It is so important for administration and our leaders to know really what our workers, our nurses and our cargivers do,” said Sycamore Medical Center president Anita Adams-Jenkins.
Monday, Adams-Jenkins followed RN Jim Goldschmidt during his rounds in the orthapedic unit.
“It’s nice to add some care and be a part of the team just for a little bit to say [to patients], ‘How are you doing today? What can I get for you?'” Adams-Jenkins said.
Goldschmidt praised the effort from adminstration to see the challenges facing nurses daily.
He added, “When we’re swamped and keep getting one thing after another, you don’t always see that on paper.”
The RN estimated he takes between 15,000-20,000 steps each work day to keep up with patient needs.
“[We] pass medications, do dressing changes, help patients get up out of bed after surgery, sit up in a chair… just make sure they’re doing okay is my main priority,” he said.
Adams-Jenkins said watching the hard work not only gave her a better appreciation, but may also help inform business decisions.
“Without each and every one of our caregivers and team membes, we wouldn’t be able to run a hospital,” she said.