Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system, yet many times we wonder if anyone notices. Well last week, Jimmy Kimmel, shared a personal story to millions of viewers about how an attentive nurse noticed his newborn baby boy had a problem.
In his monolog, he noted as the nurse performed the newborn assessment, she noted that the baby had something wrong. She noted the child had a heart murmur and was a ‘little purple’. The nurse immediately took the baby out of the room to the nursery, summoned the team so that the child could be assessed and treated. Hours later, the baby was transferred to a specialty Children’s Hospital where emergency surgery was done. Today, (at the airing of the show) the baby is home and doing well. According to his Dad, he will need to be watched closely and will need additional surgeries to repair the heart defect, but… because of one nurse who noted a problem my son is alive today.
In Jimmy Kimmel’s monolog, he shared the experience intelligently and with emotion. Through his words, you could tell he knew the diagnosis, the plan of care and the severity of his son’s condition. You can tell he had been educated and empowered by the team of professionals who cared for his son and was already advocating for his newborn son. It was a wonderful example of patient empowerment and all nurses should be proud.