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#FridayMorningCoffeeChat:
Most Memorable Moment

We asked, “What was your most memorable moment with a patient?” Here’s what you shared…

“An elderly gentleman in the ICU told me a week before he passed away that I looked exactly like his wife (who had passed many years before). During his last few hours, he talked to me about their kids and grand kids. He held my hand while telling me how much he loved me. In his last moments, he believed I was his wife. When packing up his things, I found her picture in his bible – the resemblance was uncanny. His whole family cried and hugged me and said he passed peacefully because he believed he was with his Charline during his last minutes.” @ceejaylauretta

“Going to Costa Rica and getting a two-year-old boy who didn’t speak English to bond with me and allow me to take his vitals, even though I was a complete stranger from a foreign country. Kids are the same wherever you go. There is no verbal language needed.” – @dj_kayli

“I’m a NICU nurse, but [my most memorable moment] was actually with an elderly woman dying from adenocarcinoma. All I did was help her to the restroom and dress her. I encouraged her to get her hair fixed at the salon because I knew it was something she enjoyed doing. It was humbling because this same woman used to help dress me and take me to get haircuts. She was my grandma, and it’s the last memory I have with her.” @angpang100

“When I bent the rules and lent my iPhone to an elderly patient so he could FaceTime his granddaughter. He had no idea what FaceTime was before this! He was bawling when he saw his granddaughter’s face on my phone.”@airahelen

“Repatriating a Syrian refugee mom and baby to a unit closer to their home, where the rest of her children and husband were waiting. She was so grateful to be reunited. Her story and that day – a day that I worked so hard to make happen – is something I’ll never forget.”@plmn_nurse

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  1. My most memorable moment was with a female patient that I was caring for, after I had gotten her ready for bed she said. “I appreciate you, I don’t know what I did to deserve your kindness.” I replied by saying “ you deserve nothing less, I like you a lot.” She said “ well I love you! I will tell you this I have had many girls come in here and take care of me, but none of them have been as sweet and kind as you have been. Your mother and father should be proud of the young woman you are. You tell them I am 87 years old and never in all my life have I met such a sweet, loving and caring young woman such as you.”
    I smiled and told her I would tell them, all while I was fighting back tears. I’ve only cared for this woman two times since I have worked for my current employer and to hear her say that to me really hit my heart. You always wonder if you are doing enough for your patients, sometimes even second guessing yourself. But then to hear this, this really hits you hard and let’s you see how positive of an impact you are making on these patients. It truly makes your heart happy.

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