The Best of the Rest

Last week I shared a bit about our New Grads here at Stanford Health Care. This week I attended the last work day for IMG_0972Kim Bollinger from E29 ( North ICU). I do believe that staff pulled out all the stops to give her a Pot Luck spread to rival any buffet I have ever seen. In this edition I want to honor our expert senior nurses. Just in this calendar year alone, we’ve had more than 9 nurses retire across the entire organization with a combined average length of service of about 35 years. Once you are a Stanford Nurse you want to stay a Stanford Nurse. Let’s just look at the changes these nurses have seen while they have worked here. The Palo Alto-Stanford Hospital was built in 1959 and consisted of what we now call the B,C, G and H pods. This was purchased by Stanford University and became Stanford University Hospital in 1968. In 1989 the D, E and F pods were built along with 20 new OR’s. Many of you have heard your colleagues speak about units with names like H1A or H2B . These nurses experienced the merger and de-merger with UCSF and the following trauma of a 71 day nursing strike. In the midst of all of this, our staff took care of the first patient to have a heart- lung transplant and the invention of the intra-aortic balloon pump. FullSizeRenderFrom 1979-1982, the years that our retiring nurses started to work here, the average length of stay for a total knee replacement was 7.5 days. An intraocular lens implant stayed in the hospital for three days post operatively and patients with heart attacks were on bed rest for a week. This is not even remotely similar to the work of our nursing staff today . Every nurse stands on the shoulders of nurses who came before us, nurses who took care of the new and unknown technologies, just as they have done as SHC took our first Artificial Heart and our first Left Ventricular Assist Device as destination therapy. Nursing care will continue to evolve into new territory and new technologies, but the core of nursing, the care for the entire patient and family, the advocacy on our patients behalf, the comfort and solace that a nurse provides will never change. Please join me in celebrating the contributions of nurses.

3 thoughts on “The Best of the Rest

  1. I have so much appriciation for the work that nurses do every single day. I am proud to be part of SHC Nursing and having worked side by side with amazing nurses like Kim Bollinger. The experience is life-changing and memorable. Kim, wish you the best of everything the world has to offer!


  2. Thank you very much for creating this blog Nancy Lee. You and your fellow nursing staff have all provided a very warm welcome to us new RN residents and we are all very grateful! Your creation of this forum extends to us a sense of acceptance and inspires us to achieve our goals to work hard and give Stanford Health Care our very best! I am so excited to become a part of team and to put into practice the hospital’s vision of “healing humanity through science and compassion one patient at a time.”
    ~RN resident, Cohort 20


  3. This is such a wonderful post! It is simply remarkable to see how far Stanford nursing has come. I deeply admire nurses like Kim who have accomplished so much within the Stanford community. I am new to the SHC Nursing family and I am so very fortunate to be a part of it! Congratulations Kim!


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