Nurses all over the world make a difference in peoples lives. Nurses can work in hospitals, clinics, schools, war zones, cruise ships, peoples homes, assisted living, and many other places. In the last two years throughout the pandemic society has come to appreciate nurses and other health care workers. They are truly front line heros. Nurses worked many hours in difficult conditions during the pandemic. Even before the pandemic in the hospitals the nurses are monitoring and caring for the patients 24 hours a day while they are in the hospital. They are also advocating for patients and families.
As discussed in the Woman's Day post; Florence Nightingale is known as the founder of modern nursing. She was the first to formalize nursing education, and opened the first scientifically based nursing school - the Nightingale School of Nursing. During the Crimean war she improved sanitary conditions so much that the mortality rate dropped from around 40% to just 2%. International Nurses Day is observed annually on May 12 which is her birthday and celebrates the important role of nurses in health care(1)
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are all Registered Nurses with additional education and training. NPs have a minimum of a Masters Degree, and several now have a Doctorate in Nursing. They have spend countless hours at the bedside as a nurse before returning to school as a Nurse Practitioner. Many started as CNAs, MAs, and LVNs before becoming a Registered Nurse then a Nurse Practitioner. NPs in many states work independently, and others they work in collaboration with a physician.
QuickVisit Now has many wonderful NPs that have worked in a variety of settings prior to joining us. Working in the Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit, and Trauma Units before becoming a Nurse Practitioner.
I chose to go into health care after watching my mom (a nurse) while growing up, and having some amazing nurses take care of me. I would follow my mom around the emergency room and was in aw of how hard she worked, but also the compassion she had for her patients. Being in the hospital at times like child birth the nurses that cared for me showed so much caring and compassion. I knew that one day I wanted to repay that by providing others in times of need with caring and compassion. I would like to personally thank all the nurses out there, and especially all of the nurses with QuickVisit Now and QuickVisit Urgent Care. Without your compassion and caring we would not be here today.
Author: Kimberly Catlin APRN, FNP-C is a Family Nurse Practitioner with QuickVisit Now. After serving in the US Marine Corps, she went to UT Tyler for her undergraduate degree, while going through the program she worked as an LVN. Upon completion of her BSN in 2006 she worked in the Emergency Room and ICU as a registered nurse. In 2011 she graduated with her Masters in Nursing and obtained her Nurse Practitioner license. She spent the next 10 years working family practice, internal medicine, pulmonary, sleep and critical care. In April of 2020, she started with QuickVisit Urgent Care in Henderson, Texas. She moved full-time to QuickVisit Now as a virtual medicine provider in November 2020. She was promoted to management and QuickVisit Now Coordinator in October 2021.