Meals for Palliative Care Colleagues

Caitlin, Tennessee

Tell us a little about yourself!

I am a Registered Nurse and the Clinical Staff Leader on the Palliative Care Unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. I am very passionate about my role in healthcare.

First off, the palliative care unit is a very special place where very special nurses choose to take care of general medicine patients, as well as, chronically ill patients and those at the end of life who are too ill to leave the hospital. They have decided to dedicate their career to patients at the most vulnerable times in their lives as well as their families lives.

Right now, death is potentially even more scary for patients and families during this pandemic due to funeral constraints, visitor restrictions in our hospital, and many other anxiety provoking things. In addition, many of my nurses and staff recently lived through the Nashville tornado, some are still displaced from their homes and continue to come to work everyday ready to selflessly care for others.

My job is an entry level supervisory position in the inpatient setting. Therefore, half of my time is spent with direct patient care at the bedside and half of my time is working on supporting, recognizing, and educating my staff nurses. I feel that my biggest strength in this position is advocating for the safety and wellness of my patients AND my nurses.

Tell us about your #MakeWaves project.
I would love to two do two great things in one. I would support local business by buying a meal for all staff on our unit and fuel these nurses on the frontlines at the same time. Thank you for the consideration.

What inspired your project and what impact would you like to make?

I can make an impact by supporting local small business that are struggling economically and at the same time help fuel those on the frontlines of this pandemic and show appreciation for their hard work daily.

My staff inspire me everyday to be a better human being and a better nurse. We love shopping local and taking care of those in our community and crave the opportunity to do so.

I hope to be able to make a local business less anxious about sales and staying open longterm and to support Nashville nurses by providing a stress free meal during one of their long shifts.

Your message to the community:
Support local and support essential workers!

Updates:

"I was fortunate enough to have my project accepted and funded by Vessi Footwear! I was able to support a local, delicious restaurant Pancho and Lefty's in Nashville, TN. In addition, with that food I was able to treat my staff to a delicious taco bar to fuel them during their long shift.

I may be biased, but my nurses are some of the most amazing nurses out there. On the palliative unit, these nurses have chosen a career path taking care of the sickest hospital patients who may be at the end of their lives. They hold their hands until last breaths, they support families as if they were the patient as well. They do unbelievable work and are insanely selfless.

I am so glad I was able to support two different groups of people using the funds from this project. My nurses were able to walk into their staff break room to this amazing setup also due to donations made by Hint Water, Siete Foods, and Spudsy. Companies like yours supporting others during this pandemic are so fantastic. We healthcare workers are so grateful and thankful."

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