Find Out Why this Nurse Gets Up in the Morning

Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Doylestown Hospital celebrates our amazing nurses during National Nurses Week 2014 

Nurses are a huge part of what makes Doylestown Hospital such a special place. The nursing team is over 600 strong, and each nurse brings his or her own personal touch to the mix.

Some nurses are in the beginning stages of their careers, while others have been providing care for many years. This week, we take a closer look at two of Doylestown Hospital’s dedicated nurses to find out why they do what they do.

First, we look through the eyes of a new nurse.

Lauren McCabe, RN, BSN Nurse, Orthopedic Institute 

Connecting with People

Lauren McCabe may seem like a typical 23-year-old. She loves going to rock concerts and socializing with friends, but there is something different about this East Norriton native. She has traveled to the Dominican Republic twice to help set up medical clinics in the sugar cane fields.

For several years, she has helped take care of a gentleman with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) who is paralyzed and unable to speak. He is able to  type and paints with his eyes using a special computer. “He and his family have become like family to me,” says Lauren, who started caring for him while a nursing student at Gwynedd Mercy University.

The self-proclaimed “people person” finds joy in relating to others, especially those in need.

Lauren decided upon a nursing career in high school. Taking care of her sick grandmother enhanced her desire.

Bedside Manner

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Lauren decided to work as a private duty nurse before joining Doylestown Hospital last July. She currently works in the Orthopedic Institute.

“Patient interaction is my favorite part of this job,” says Lauren. “When I’m driving home from work I think about how rewarding it is to comfort people.”

She uses her organizational skills to stay on top of the needs of her patients and their families. “They come to nurses for everything. I try to answer their questions and put myself in their position.”

Nursing can be rewarding, but it can also be challenging to care for the very sick. When in doubt, Lauren asks questions. “The thing that gets me through it is teamwork. I look to the older nurses to share their experience. They’ve been so helpful.”

Volunteering Abroad 

Lauren volunteered in the Dominican Republic twice as a student nurse with Gwynedd. The team of students and teachers set up medical clinics for the Haitian and Dominican populations, who have little or no access to healthcare.

“We provided them with medications, well-visits, clothing, shoes, and other supplies. We worked with a team of Dominican doctors and translators, performing check-ups, playing with the children, visiting the homes which are one bedroom and about the size of a small bathroom, and also did water filtration. The first year I went as a group member and the second I went as a team leader.”

Lauren hopes to do more volunteer work in the future. Eventually she would like to work towards becoming a nurse practitioner; possibly working with hospice patients.

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