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Nurses Week 2018: A Nurse's Story

And what nursing has to do in either case, is to put the patient in the best condition for nature to act upon him. ~ Florence Nightingale 

Short-Term Resident Rudolf Lense and LPN Mike HammackIt’s a week long celebration dedicated to those who work tirelessly to save lives, provide comfort and quality care. This year’s Nurses Week theme is “Inspire, Innovate, Influence.” National Nurses week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. She is the founder of modern nursing. Over the week there will be several events across the nation to honor nurses for the work they do, and to help educate the public about nurses’ roles in health care. As a tribute to all of the wonderful nurses we wanted to shine a spotlight on one of the incredible members of our nursing staff, Mike Hammack, LPN and a PPS Case Manager, who’s been at Grace Living Center Edmond for the past decade. He is known for his compassion in helping families worry less while helping to comfort their loved ones. 

“I never really thought about getting into nursing, but my brother was going to go to nursing school and he wanted someone to go to nursing school with. That’s how I ended up going to nursing school,” shared Hammack. At first, he and his brother wanted to work in the Emergency Room at a local hospital, but it wasn’t meant to be. So, he ended up working at a long-term care community in Louisville, Kentucky where he lived at the time. This twist of fate helped him find his niche and passion for caring for his elders. “I was pretty new, a year or two in and there was a lady on the hall I normally worked for long-term care. She didn’t have kids or anything and we formed a bond. She was kind of like a grandmother to me. I took care of her. She actually went to the hospital, came back skilled and they moved her to the skilled unit. She threw a fit and demanded that they move her to the other unit because I wasn’t there to take care of her. She’s really the one that has stuck with me,” said Hammack. Now, around 14 years later since nursing school Mike can’t imagine doing anything different because he loves his job at Grace Living Center Edmond! Mike has been happily married for 19 years and is the proud father of two teenage boys. He’s been able to use what he’s learned on his feet caring for the elderly in his home life. “A little more compassion because I’m a little rough around the edges. It’s softened me a little bit,” said Hammack. 

Long-time staff members Vern Davis, Kevin Shaw and Mike HammackHe shared these words of wisdom for anyone looking at getting into the nursing field. “If you’re going to get into nursing make sure you have a caring personality because if you are just getting into it for money, it’s not going to be enjoyable at all if you’re just coming to punch a clock.” We salute all the nurses this week for your hard work and dedication to quality care.

Thanks for all you do each day!