Click below to watch Gretchel explain how she fell in love with nursing.
"I'd only been a nurse for about six months. I was working a night shift on a medical-surgical unit and was assigned a patient with a fractured arm who was also recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I discovered she’d been agitated all day because her pain had been undertreated. She couldn’t effectively verbalize her needs, and staff couldn’t effectively interpret her behavior as her way of conveying her pain.
Thankfully, with trial and error, this patient and I were able to work together on a plan of care, and we made it through the night safely. Before I left, she said to me, with tears in her eyes, “You know, I know I’m losing it.” And it shook me."