SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — National Nurses Week kicked off Monday in an effort to celebrate nurses for the work that they do.
Emilee Geddes is just one of over 4 million nurses in the United States according to the American Nursing Association.
But that wasn’t always her plan.
“I actually was a marketing major at first and I just fell into this career, so I know it’s where God wanted me and where he put me but it wasn’t always what I thought I was going to do,” Emilee Geddes said.
Geddes has worked in adult critical care during her 19 years in the career, and currently is a rescue nurse alongside 10 other nurses on the rapid response team.
“Any acute change or even just the staff nurse having their intuition saying something’s wrong with the patient, they can page us out 24/7 and myself, or my other nurses and the respiratory therapist will come right to the bedside and assess that patient,” Geddes said.
She says being a nurse comes with opportunities, flexibility, but most of all commitment.
“You have to have a love for taking care of people and serving them, and like Andy had mentioned it is a big commitment,” Geddes said.
Andy Munce is the Vice President of Nursing & Clinical Services at Sanford Health. He says nurses play a vital role in providing care to those who need it.
“It’s 24/7 365. Doesn’t matter if it’s Christmas, New Years, whatever it may be. You definitely have to be dedicated and it’s really a calling and that’s why you see the passion in a lot of the nurses that you’ve been involved with or had the privilege of working with,” Andy Munce said.
He says nurses are the eyes and ears throughout the hospital, noticing changes in the condition of a patient, improving outcomes.
“I think it’s very easy to feel kind of lost in the system at times throughout health care and nursing is that continuity. So, they get to know the patient, they get to know you, your family and really tie everything together and help explain what’s going on,” Munce said.
“My favorite part of being a nurse and my role is advocating for patients, and nurses too,” Geddes said.
Tuesday night Sanford Health will host a special event to honor and celebrate nurses. For more information on National Nurses Week, click here.