‘It’s a privilege to care for people at their most vulnerable’: Colleagues reflect during emotional Nurses Week

May 6, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

“Teamwork.” “Family.” “A common bond.”

Those are just a few of the words and phrases nurses use to describe their profession — and their colleagues at Michigan Medicine.

Indeed, more than 6,000 Michigan Medicine nurses have served on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic for more than a year now, caring for patients — both COVID-positive and non-COVID patients — who are often isolated from their loved ones.

They have become those patients’ caretakers and friends, all while dealing with the stress of an unknown virus and, eventually, multiple pandemic surges.

A nurse works at the bedside of a smiling young child.
“Our nurses have done so much for so many over the past year,” said David Miller, U-M Health System president.

“Our nurses have done so much for so many over the past year,” said David Miller, M.D., president of the U-M Health System. “Their work has been absolutely critical to enable us to provide the care we do and lead the way in innovation, integrity and teamwork.”

For many Michigan Medicine nurses, the past year has proven that their profession is a calling — and they often get just as much out of their work as the people they serve.

“It’s a privilege to care for people at their most vulnerable,” said Tracy Birchmeier, R.N., in a special video created for Nurses Week 2021, which kicks off today and runs through May 12.

Check out the complete video at the top of the page, which includes insight into the past year and the impact it has had on Michigan Medicine nurses. 

Celebrating nurses

Throughout Nurses Week, Michigan Medicine patients, families, colleagues, friends and members of the surrounding community are invited to make a gift and share a message of gratitude in honor of a nurse who has made a difference in their lives.

Contributions will support innovative research, professional development opportunities, wellness programs and efforts to advance patient care. Visit victors.us/nursesweek to learn more.

Send an eCard or thoughtful message

If you are not in a position to make a gift, you can still reach out to your nursing colleagues to thank them for the compassion, dedication and commitment they have shown over the past year.

New eCards are now available on the Michigan Medicine Recognition Site that team members can send to their colleagues. Check them out today.

Thank you to all of our nurses for all you are doing for patients, families and each other!