When it’s all about helping MORE people, making that purpose into a passion means we must celebrate and recognize the people who live it every day. At LHC Group, we are mindful of this obligation. This Nurses and Hospital Week, we are sharing a few insights from our employees – everything from why they chose healthcare as a profession, to what tools make their jobs easier.
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in healthcare?
Many of our employees said that family members helped guide them into the profession of helping people. For many, it is a passion that was seeded in their experiences with family members who needed care, or sometimes by someone already working in the profession.
- “My father. He was my cheering squad all my life and pushed me to follow my dreams. When he became sick, I was able to be his nurse until he passed in 2020. I’m so grateful he pushed me and supported my dream.”
- “My family. I watched my mom and dad struggle so much with health issues and I wanted to be able to help. I always wanted to be a nurse, even as a little girl. I remember I always wanted a nursing bag when I was a kid and always dreamed of being a nurse.”
- “My Grandmother, who was also a nurse.”
- “For me, it was growing up, being raised by my grandparents, and knowing that one day they would need me or someone else to care for them when they couldn’t care for themselves. I always wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and contribute to a healthier world, no matter what career path I went down.”
- “From an early age, I knew I wanted to help people! When I was about six or seven, my grandmother had bad leg ulcers and would only let me help her clean and dress them. Now, I realize she did that because she didn’t want any adult to see how bad they were, but it started me on the path to a career in healthcare. Thanks, Granny!”
- “My grandmother, when she got sick with breast cancer.”
- “My parents. My father was a fourth-generation general practitioner in the rural Mid-Ohio valley and I used to go with him as a little girl when he would make house calls. My mother was also a nurse.”
- “I grew up in a family of volunteers. My parents and my aunts and uncles have always been very involved in community activities and helping the people around them. I loved the joy it gave me when I was helping people as a young person.”
- “I am a fourth-generation nurse on my mom’s side of the family. It’s just in our blood to care for others.”
Others shared that they felt a connection with people, in alignment with the LHC Group’s foundation purpose statement – “It’s all about helping MORE people.”
- “I wanted to help people.”
- “I have always felt most fulfilled when serving others.”
- “I love people.”
- “I have always felt like I was meant to care for others, even as a child.”
What word(s) come to mind when you think of a nurse or hospital employee?
Caring, compassion, dedicated, resilient – these are the most common words LHC Group employees used in describing the spirit and motivation embodied by our nurses and other healthcare workers. There was no shortage of words. Here are a few more answers:
As a healthcare provider, what tool is essential for you to use every day?
The tools of any given trade are often stereotyped: A builder has a hammer and nails, and a writer has a pen and paper. When asked about the most essential tools for everyday use, our employees surprised us with both practical and thoughtful answers. Take a look at our Top 6 Essential Tools shared to our Instagram:
In celebration of Nurses and Hospital Weeks, we say “thank you!” Every day, your unique passion and vision help drive our mission to fulfill our purpose. Your skills and dedication are irreplaceable and allow us to expand our mission of quality service to even more people in need of our help.