Nursing Week 2010

Nursing - You Can't Live Without It!


CACCN Nursing Week 2010 Contest Winner

Liz Hamblin and her colleagues on ICU # 24

Kit's Journey


I am a Registered Nurse, working on an 18 bed combined Intensive Care and Coronary Care unit at the Grey Nun's hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. The CACCN invitation to share an experience that would promote the understanding of the vital role of Registered Nurses in the critical care setting inspired me.  

I wish to share a story from our unit, on behalf of the entire team of dedicated health professionals I work with, that I think not only demonstrates the importance and impact of expert caring by RN's but that reminded each and every one of us of the privileged contribution we make every day to the lives of  those individuals and families in our care.

Kit is a 34 year old husband, father and pharmacist who on April 1, 2009, after multiple visits to various emergency rooms for progressive muscle weakness and shortness of breath, was admitted to our intensive care unit diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome. I was just one of the many team members admitting Kit that evening. An otherwise healthy young man with no significant prior medical history, his paralysis had progressed rapidly requiring rapid intubation and controlled ventilation within hours of his arrival at our hospital. Kit appeared to me anxious and fearful – severe neuropathic pain had started its insult on his body – he was unable to communicate his needs verbally or non-verbally yet perfectly able to feel and hear everything happening to and around him. Tanya, Kit's wife, was understandably in shock over the events of the last few days. Still without answers about her husband's condition and prognosis, she was now torn between staying and supporting her husband and returning home to care for their two children for the night. And so our journey with Kit and Tanya began.

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                  Kit and Tanya welcomed their third beautiful daughter on May 25, 2010

                                               To view a video of Kit's Journey