Erin is a registered nurse at Northside Cherokee. Last year, she was recognized at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Nursing in Excellence Awards for going above and beyond the call of duty. Today, we’re taking a closer look at Erin’s career at Northside.
Like many nurses, Erin’s interest in healthcare started at an early age. At age six, Erin was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She spent many early years of her life involved in her own healthcare, surrounded by nurses and physicians. Before long she knew she wanted to provide that same level of care to others.
Today, Erin loves the satisfaction she receives from helping others – both patients and coworkers. “Working for Northside is great because I have built a community of friends here,” says Erin. “We cry together, we celebrate together. It makes the hard days at work a little bit easier.”
For Erin, a memorable moment on the job comes from when she found herself caring for an elderly patient who had lost her husband the day before she was admitted. The doctors agreed to let her leave the hospital for a few hours to attend her husband’s funeral. Erin helped the patient bathe, fix her hair, and get dressed while sharing stories of her husband’s life.
“It was at that moment that I realized how dynamic a nurse’s role truly is,” says Erin. “We are teachers, care givers, leaders, ministers, advocates, coordinators of care, and sometimes even hair dressers.”