Commentary: Caring UHCS nurses deserve public thanks

I want to publicly thank two nurses from University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS) for the assistance they provided me. I sustained second-degree burns to my leg on June 10 and went for care at a hospital close to my house. Part of the continuing care process was supposed to be a visit to a wound care specialist, which did not work out for me due to scheduling problems. On June 27 I walked into UHCS for the first time because I was concerned about my wound being infected. Even though I did not have an appointment, everyone from the lady at the front desk to the nurses worked with me and found someone who could see me that same day. The first person to see me was Nurse Maria, who looked at my wound and went to find a doctor when she could not determine for sure whether it was infected or not. After the doctor saw me, Maria and Trish, another nurse, took it upon themselves to call as many doctors as they could to find someone who could see me the following day. This took them over an hour and they finally found me a doctor close to my house and an appointment that worked well with my finals schedule. For these reasons I feel it is imperative that I thank them publicly, especially because healthcare workers do work that is sometimes thankless. Maria and Trish, I want to thank you for restoring my faith in hospitals and for all your time and help on June 27.

– Caroline Gathembe is a junior business major

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