Adi Huebert had a personal experience with the medical system at a young age and grew up knowing that she wanted to contribute to that field.
As a child, her brother had cancer and the family spent many years involved with hospitals. A great impression was made on Adi and her brother, as both became registered nurses.
Adi has worked in both the surgical and medical intensive care units (ICU) for 15 years. She likes that the ICU offers a more holistic approach to patient care in that she takes care of only one or two patients and knows everything about the patients and their families.
National Nursing Appreciation Week takes place May 6-12, but Adi confesses that she doesn’t think much about appreciation and recognition.
"I don’t feel like people need to go out of their way to recognize me. I do what I do because it is important to me and not for the recognition," she says.
Most of the patients in her care are unconscious and very vulnerable. It is unknown how much a patient can hear and perceive and Adi feels that knowing that the family appreciates what she is doing is all the appreciation that she needs.
"I know what it is like to be the family on the other side."
Like many women, Adi has had to blend career and family. She recently made the choice to leave her full-time nursing career in favour of a casual position that will enable her to spend more time at home with her young children.
It is a constant balancing act within to fulfill her desire for a career and to be at home with her children.
"When I feel like I am on a hamster wheel with the monotony of life, I go to work for one shift and I come home so appreciative of my husband and children and the good fortune of a happy, healthy family," she says.
Adi says that as long she continues nursing, she will remain at bedsides of her patients.
She does not have a desire to obtain a 9 to 5 administrative position or to add additional letters of distinction after her name. She believes in giving her patients dignity, supporting the family, and providing the critical nursing care that she is trained to do.
Christina Hiebert is a community correspondent for Riverbend and Rivergrove. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.