It’s Emergency Nurses Week and a Local Hospital Recognizes their Vital Team

Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 11:59 AM EDT
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HOULTON, Maine (WAGM) -It’s Emergency Nurses Week and Houlton Regional Hospital is shedding a light on their hardworking team of nurses. Newssource 8′s Anna Soderberg has the details.

It’s a week to shine a light on a vital career that takes a special kind of individual to do.

“We have to be very flexible because we don’t know what is coming through the door. So, we always have to be able to think quickly on our feet. We have to be able to look at the whole picture and then narrow it down quickly to whatever is happening with that patient.”

Cheryl Quint is the Nurse Manager of both the emergency room and labor and delivery unit at Houlton Regional. She says it’s important for the team to know how much they’re appreciated... especially this year. Tenille Nason is an ER nurse and says with the long hours, you have to be able to rely on your co-workers.

“What keeps me at Houlton Regional Hospital is my co-workers. I love my co-workers. I love the good job that we do. I actually think our ER team is one of the best in the state. I think we’re very good at recognizing very sick patients and I think we take very good care of our patients.”

Heather Quint is the clinical coordinator for both the ER and Labor & Delivery unit. She says, there was never a doubt in her mind about being a nurse. After sixteen years, she says everyone has some difficult days, but leaning on each other is how you get through.

“I just always wanted to be a nurse. There was no other, went right from high school to nursing school and I’ve been there ever since. To me, I’m not just a nurse. I take pride in what I do, I save lives and I make a difference in people’s lives. There are days where I bring babies into the world and there’s days that I hold somebody’s hand on the last day that they have here. Even in the hardest of days, always remember why you became a nurse. And the day I don’t care, is the day I don’t come to work anymore.”

Heather adds you have to be skilled enough to be a good ER nurse and crazy enough to love it.

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