The Indianapolis Recorder recently featured a story of the compassion and dedication of a nurse at Ascension St. Vincent in Indiana.

Shanna Reed, a nurse at the Innovative Unit at St. Vincent Indianapolis, remembered a cancer patient she befriended. Near the end of the patient’s life, she had two requests. The first was a cheeseburger, which Shanna happily supplied. The second was that Shanna be the one to deliver the patient’s last wishes to her family. That day reminded Shanna about the importance of her job.

“Being a bedside nurse, you are going to take on the many different characteristics, but the main thing is being an advocate for your patient,” Shanna said. “… Even though we encompass many different roles, it’s so rewarding.”

In the story, Mary Myers, Chief Nursing Officer at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, emphasizes the important role that nurses play. The story also highlights Ascension’s success in using a resource pool of nurses working at different hospitals when there is a need.

Click here for the story.

Photo: Ascension Indiana nurses Shanna Reed, left, and Charlee Hunt.