>>[Background Music] With this particular
job you know they want to say textbook but sometimes things don’t work
in that particular way so you have to always expect the unexpected and be ready. That’s what I love about my job to [inaudible]. This is the life of a nurse. We always have to be thinking 1 step ahead. [ Music ]>>So Natalie is an 18 year old. She had a bone marrow transplant and today she’s
going to go home so it’s kind of a big deal. There’s a lot of teaching involved so we’re
going to do her own Neupogen shot today, which is a subcu injection, and so she’s
pretty excited about doing it all on her own. We’ve already talked about she’s going to
go home on some IV fluids and taking care of her central line and things like
that so we’re just going to review like, things like dressing changes,
cap changes, flushing it. I’ve known Natalie since she was initially
diagnosed, which was probably about a year and a half ago, so almost as long as I’ve
been working here, and so she relapsed and so things have come full circle. I actually admitted her when she relapsed and
now I’m sending her home after the transplant so she’s also kind of, you
know, excited that, you know, we’ve done this whole journey together.>>So we’re going to go over to preop
right now and I’m going to check and see which bay the patient’s in. After that then we’ll go see the patient. We’re going to check consent, check
any allergies, talk to the patient and give them a brief description
of what’s going to happen next. Usually anesthesia and a preop
nurse is also in the room. So we just checked on the patient. Everything is fine and she’ll be coming back
to the room with anesthesia when we’re ready. Currently we are going to count
any sponges and all sharps. We have everything already set up. We set everything up before the patient
comes in the room so that it is smooth when the patient comes in the room. We don’t have to do anything
but tend to the patient. I’m just going to chart right
now that we’ve done counting and any other charting that I can get done. [ Music ]>>The first time that I met John was probably
a few months ago when he was first diagnosed and I had taken care of him I think when he
was first going to be starting treatment. When a family receives the initial
diagnosis it can be really tough and a lot of times there’s not really much you can say. A lot of times it’s best just to kind of
let them be with their family and talk with each other and grieve with each
other and it’s always good for the nurse to be there and to offer comfort. I mean, I’m, I’m doing pretty well with it so
far and I know that there’s been nurses on here, on the floor that have been here for like 20
or so years and I don’t know how they do it but hopefully I can be like them one day.>>So as charge I’m responsible for admits
and discharges that come into the SICU, monitor the patient’s in relation
to how their stability is. If they’re a good fit for maybe a double
but maybe they have to be singled now because they’re too sick to be doubled. So I can pull a nurse out of 1 assignment,
kind of shuffle assignments around. And then as charge I’m also backup
rap response so if rap response is on call I will field the second call and if
there’s a third call then we pull somebody from ECMO or somebody that’s not quite as busy.>>As a charge nurse I keep close
contact with our nurse practitioners and our advanced practice team, our doctors
and our residents to make sure that everyone’s on the same page and we know what patients we’re
expecting, what patients we’re trying to get out and just make sure that that
process flows smoothly. Like I said, when I’m in charge I feel like
I’m a bed manager, I’m a clerk, I’m a tech, a nurse, and it’s all really good.>>So our patient that we had to travel
with needed to go down for a head CT scan. She came to us previously and we had 1,
the first 1, but we needed to get another 1 to compare for the 2 because we don’t have
good neural functions on her and when they’re on ECMO it takes a whole crew of everybody to
work together to get them down there so we have to make sure we have our ECMO specialists
with us, our fellow, respiratory therapy, and then the 2 nurses and
need even a tech to go along. [ Music ]>>You know, people have all different kinds
of issues, different kinds of backgrounds and they all kind of culminate here
and we have to help bring them along through this very difficulty time, you know. When you have heart surgery or, or any other
major surgery in the ICU it’s very difficult, difficult time to handle
emotionally, physically. So what I like is just kind of being
able to help people through that.>>My grandmother was a nurse. Both my mother and my father were both nurses. I never liked Barbies or
any of that kind of thing but if somebody did give me a doll I was
giving it fake shots and putting bandages on and trying to take the blood pressure. With me I knew it, I always knew
that I wanted to be a nurse.>>Well 1 thing I do, especially
in a bigger facility like this there’s definitely a large volume
of patients and 1 thing I will do is I’ll try to get to know patients a little more
and it humanizes them a little bit. That kind of helps me to put in
perspective that each person that comes through here has a different
story and is unique.>>My little brother actually was diagnosed
with meningitis at a young age, bacterial, and he was in the hospital growing
up for 8 years and just in and out and so I pretty much lived in the hospital
and I think that I was just so comfortable in the hospital that that’s honestly
like what I kind of had a passion for and seeing the nursing care that my brother
got really did give me the motivation to go to nursing school.>>Sometimes in simulation experiences,
you know, people just kind of look at a lot of different things and they think they’re here
to just view it and not play an active role so, and some of that I get from being an ACLS
instructor because you’re setting up scenarios and you, our, our theory has always been, as
a part of the American Heart Association to, you know, role play, have people role play so that you’re not just pretending
you’re doing compressions, that you’re actually doing
high quality compressions and actually doing what you do as a call. And as silly as it can seem for some
people I think when they get, you know, in a real life situation, you know, it is
more realistic than their, you know, practice. [ Music ]>>The kids are kids first and sick
kids second or third or fourth. They’re really not interested in being sick. They’re really just here being kids. They want to, want to go to the playroom and
they want to do this and then the teenagers, that’s less true or the young adults. But you really get to know the kids and the
families and you get to be really involved with them and it’s not just
the kid you’re taking care of. You really are involved with, with generations
and you get to interact with everybody and you’re really taking care
of the whole family unit. It’s not, it’s not just about
your patient at all, ever. [ Music ]>>So right now we’re going to get ready
to go get 1 of our patients that had to have a [inaudible] placed in along
with a balloon pump because they went into what we call a cardiogenic shock and so
we’re going to get him and take him upstairs.>>The patients that come into this
unit have lots of different problems. You never get bored. If you think your learning is done then
you haven’t learned all there is to know.>>I transitioned to a charge nurse role for
4 to 5 years and then now, in the last month, I’ve transitioned into the
clinical supervisor nurse role here. I’m available for our patients and
their families and for the staff. My goal is to be the ultimate mentor
for, for everyone and be an advocate for our patients and their families. [ Music ]>>When I was in high school I was, I actually had a different career
path that I was going to go down. I was going to do occupational therapy or
sports medicine and my mom actually was rushed to the ER for a brain aneurysm and was flown
to U of M. How the nurses interacted with her and interacted with her family really touched
me and made me want to change my career path and become a nurse and that’s
kind of what stuck with me. It made me realize, you know,
this is what I want to do. I want to make that impact on somebody else.>>The fabulous part is I get to bring the
treatments and the resources of the university out to the population, out to people
who have never had access to that before and to other nurses an to other physicians who
are like thrilled that we’re able to come out and implement the care before they
every make it here to the university. So it’s, it’s a great feeling to be able
to make, take the Michigan difference out there and, you know, and provide it
before they’re ever even transported here.>>Well the 1 positive thing about the ER
is that doctors are right next to nurses who are right next to paramedics
who are right next to the clerks. So we all work together. And we’re right next to the patients so we’re
constantly working together to help the fastest and in the best way so it’s really nice to
know that you constantly have the support of your team within 15 feet of you at all times.>>We have a lot of people around here that
support us and I think that the nurse is kind of the center of it because the docs will
come and talk to you, the nurse practitioners or advanced practice team, any
different members will come talk to you. Respiratory therapy is talking to you, PT,
OT, everyone’s coming to you to ask questions as the nurse and you need to know
what’s going on with your patient so you can keep everyone informed and try and
make sure they all have the same information. So, it’s important though because it definitely
helps us provide better care for the patient’s.>>I came to work at University of Michigan
after being a patient of Dr. [inaudible]. I had a congenital heart defect that
wasn’t diagnosed until after I had my kids and so I came here and was up on PC2 as an adult and had a nurse who, who
very much took care of me. I really realized that what was nursing
was wasn’t, it is drips and it is skills and it is all the things that we do but it
isn’t really that our families remember. It’s hearing who they are,
knowing what they need, and I think that’s probably my
favorite part of working with pediatrics because there’s a lot of opportunity for that.>>The families and the kids are so great
to work with and it’s always changing, there’s always new things to learn. It’s not repetitive in anyway and we take care
of the same kids for, sometimes years so they’re like a part of your family after awhile. You get to know them really well
and you look forward to seeing them and they look forward to seeing you. [ Music ]>>The nurse is the constant
voice in that round. They know the patients, they know the
families, they know the idiosyncrasies related to the families and the patients
and they’re able to articulate that. They help to be the voice of
the patient and the family when the family can’t speak or
when the patient can’t speak. And so having that constant voice really
improves patient care and patient outcomes and we’ve seen that in our statistics
here in the surgical intensive care. [ Music ]>>She’s my senior. She taught me everything I know. So, yeah, she is really good at her job.>>Very.>>Very.>>I didn’t know they were really
taping, I was joking [laughing]. We have a lot of fun here, that’s why.>>I did say it’s entertaining every day.>>It is. Learn something knew every day.>>Every day.>>Lots of respect from our
patients, they appreciate us.>>Rachel and I both got cards last week
and I got amazing and she got wonderful so our family debate at home has been
is it better to be wonderful or amazing?>>That’s right.>>That was our conversation this week.>>Grandpa said wonderful, grandma said amazing.>>Yeah. [ Music ]>>When we used to do pediatrics over
here there was a case that really, I mean, we had a patient that was
burned, 100% of her body. And we knew that she wasn’t going to live
for very long but to hold her hand and, hold her hand and, you know, make sure
that she’s not going to die alone. You may see somebody’s last moments on Earth
here and hopefully we can make a difference. Sorry. [ Music ]>>Ever since I was a little girl
I’ve always wanted to be a nurse so I like coming to my job every day. I really love what I do, knowing that when
I’m coming in here that I’m going to take care of someone and hopefully make a difference
in someone’s day is what gets me up. I rarely leave my seat. I may take a lunch, I may not because this is
my responsibility for 12 hours to care for. [ Music ]

A Day In the Life: Nursing at Michigan

55 thoughts on “A Day In the Life: Nursing at Michigan

  • December 13, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Great Video!!!

  • January 16, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Beautiful and inspirational.

  • February 4, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    When I was little, I had a toy doctor kt and a fake gurney-cart. I would pretend to give my dad shots. I wanted to be a nurse.

  • February 22, 2015 at 6:13 am

    what is the difference between Nurse practitioner and a medical doctor?

  • May 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Very inspirational.

  • June 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    That's why I can't/won't do direct patient care! I'd get too attached to sick patients! 🙁

  • August 12, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    As a nurse, you go through moments where you feel as if you don't belong or you don't matter. This video is very inspiring.

  • August 12, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Awesome video. I think I'm going to have need to come back and watch this a few times to get me through nursing school. 🙂

  • September 12, 2015 at 4:49 am

    This video contains the reason why I choose to be a nurse. Thanks for reminding me again and personally I want to work there as a nurse in a few years.

  • September 20, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    This video is a reminder to me to keep pushing forward. I love to be a nurse and I'll be by the Grace of God, Amen!

  • September 26, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Man this school/hospital is phenomenal. I wish I could have went to a school like this.. My nursing school experience wasnt as great as this…Everybody whom participates in this program should consider themselves to be very lucky individuals.. Im jelly…hehe..really can trust in the graduating class to have the real knowledge to save lives in their new grad positions

  • October 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    how should I start to be a nurse after I get my high school diploma?

  • November 15, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Being a nursing school student in a place where hospitals are understaffed, basically means being pushed in the whole work system for three or more years. Working full shifts, even double shifts without getting payed, and getting the kind of knowledge that lasts but sure takes toll. This place looks amazing, way more organized than the place where I studied.

    Though as a nurse all I could think about watching this was "Why are there so many girls working with their hair down?"

  • December 13, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Honestly you can see the love these nurses have for their patients when they interact with them. im a nurse too 🙂

  • January 25, 2016 at 11:21 pm


  • February 19, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    i was thinking about being a nurse right after high school i'm wondering if it gets better as u go through it? i love helping others but honestly dealing with vomit and cleaning up naked men is pretty scary please tell me you don't need to do that?!!? or if u do how long do u do it? Does it get hard? answer please 😀

  • March 3, 2016 at 1:00 am

    That was so inspiring! I just finished my nursing prereqs and am applying for Fall 2016!

  • April 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Very nice video, but I don't understand why everybody is wearing rings, nailpolish, bracelets, etc. I hope they know patients can get sick and die of the micro organisms on it. Hygiene is the most important thing in a hospital.

  • June 27, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    My husband was on the Cardiac ICU for almost 3 weeks in 9/2014. Aortic
    dissection. We were from Florida. My husband was a long haul truck
    driver and this happened in Michigan. You care and love that you
    extended to Sean and I were unprecedented and now I, at 50 years old am
    in nursing school. I am going to be a critical care nurse and I thank
    the nurses and staff on the CICU for that decision. Maybe I can come
    work with you guys if I ever want to see snow again. 🙂 oxoxoxoxoxo I love you guys and will never forget your faces.

  • August 3, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Very informative! I'd looooove to be a nurse and am so excited! ^^ this was published on my birthday! Weuuu!

  • August 5, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Question, do they really work 12 hours a day? :/ Where I live (Belgium) it's 8 hours a day, nothing more, so 12 hours seems A LOT to me tbh. And beautiful video, what a rewarding respectful and inspiring work. <3

  • September 14, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Really like this video.

  • September 25, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    amazing video

  • January 24, 2017 at 3:09 am

    I love this video!

  • February 5, 2017 at 12:38 am

    I know most of those nurses cause I was rushed down to u of m

  • February 17, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Wish we Ontarion's can come to ur care if we needed it,.Across mich. border specially for Sault,Ont. sucks..Can't even get a doc here, for like 10 yrs. don't have any extra..Guess if one had lots of money..

  • March 6, 2017 at 3:55 am

    You make me want to go working as a nurse even I'm a nurse in Korea. I'll go find out what I can do. Thx.👍

  • March 19, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    I love that hospital…. I've been there when my kindness shut down when I got airlifted there … and I'm only 11

  • June 4, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I'm starting nursing school this fall; i am 48 years old, and my passion for becoming an RN is the most incredible feeling. this was a great video! thank you for sharing!

  • June 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    God Bless these people who care for our sick – especially the childrens' wing. They are all angels.

  • July 26, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    are you guys trying to persuade me to come work for/with you? Cause this is the video to do it! <3

  • July 27, 2017 at 6:29 am

    This is amazing

  • August 10, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    As a college student wanting to become a Nurse I can honestly say I'm ok with wanting to be a nurse my father and mother were in and out of hospitals. So I was always around hospitals I saw how hard nurses worked to provide excellent care and how they were there for my parents on not just a professional level but a personal level really digging into the whole fact that these patients are human not a textbook this has inspired me to go for Nursing I know it's tough but being able to help people and have a crew like this fighting for the same thing makes being a nurse more than a job but a positive movement towards bettering the world reminds me that these tests and constant work will be well worth it.

  • September 15, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Iam An italian registered nurse i work in icu ,
    Ciao —)

  • November 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Currently in nursing school, this video reaffirmed my aspirations ❤ my mom got her MSN from UofMich, great nursing school!!

  • January 17, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    We Wrights might be MSU fans, but to us, there's no better hospital or cancer center in the country. They're truly the leaders and best!

  • February 16, 2018 at 12:06 am


  • March 9, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Healthcare isthe sorcery of Babylon.The WRATH of ALLMIGHTY GOD is coming.

  • March 23, 2018 at 2:08 am

    The SICU is and are my hero nurses! They were on me, night and day and were the best empathetic and kinda loving people I've ever been the privilege to meet. I love the SICU people!!! And the floor nurses on the 5th floor were also my hero's! And especially the E.R. Dept. nurses. They all like a symphony together kept me alive and processed me through and did so much more than I can even say here. My heart my mind and soul and especially my LIVER, belongs to them. They all saved me. Thank You U of M to infinity and beyond. I will always be in your debt. Love them Wolverines!!!

  • April 9, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    The true heroes

  • August 19, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Respect to ALL Nurses all over the world….

  • August 20, 2018 at 4:29 am

    Loved this. Thank you nurses for all you do.

  • September 10, 2018 at 12:53 am

    I'm finishing up nursing school and this video made me very emotional. It's hard to explain to the average person everything we do as nurses. Great video. I'm honored to care for my patients. Never forget why you wanted to become a nurse and advocate, advocate, advocate!

  • October 14, 2018 at 11:38 am

    What a bunch of pure, unadulterated BULLSHIT! I wonder how much the money grubbing fat-cats @ rich-bitch UofM spent on this load of horse manure. This is a too-long, overproduced, cornball, recruiting advert for nursing at UMMC. The hand-picked ass-kissers in this mellodramatic presentation make me search for some metoclopromide, Compazine AND loperamide!
    After 14 years in the ER @ Detroit Receiving Hospital, I worked for over a year in UMMC's ER. I must say that that department is not the brilliant star atop the shining city on the hill! If Detroit's trauma center ER were half that inefficient, our morgue would overflow before lunch!
    Although UMMC is a regional trauma center and regional burn center they are NOT the only not the only one of either in SE Michigan. Since they are quite certain they know EVERYTHING, they are likewise quite certain that nobody else could possibly know ANYTHING.
    I also worked in their PACU and the 14 months working @ UMMC were deliberately made, by the bitchy nurses and the union president and vice president, the most miserable of my 30+ hospital career.
    When the Michigan Nurses Union was adopted after a bitter strike, ALL of the union reps were hand picked and given cush, window-dressing 9-5 M-F jobs in order to be in the pockets of administration. The ER coven of nurses decided they didn't like me because I had trained and certified in their biggest competitor (in the Detroit ghetto) and I refused to kiss their white Ann Arbor asses & didn't even try to get into their pants! They always gave me the worst caseload and the techs whom nobody else wanted to try to find or were always sent by the charge nurse to some off-unit errand.
    Near the end of my 12hrs, if there was a call-in on the next shift, I was ALWAYS the one mandated for an additional 4 hours (with less than one hour's notice) and DON'T EVEN think about not showing up, ON TIME, for ANOTHER 12 next day! If I was at home on my day off, the hospital called my house (caller ID wasn't around yet) and ANYBODY picked up the phone, (even if I was not at home) it was recorded as a "no call-no show" infraction.
    After over a year of this harassment, they had enough bullshit write-ups from the coven, the union president & vice president helped my transfer to PACU, where another coven made my "new" probation even more miserable than ER, and they booted my ass just in time for Christmas.
    Four Months after I was thrown out of Washtenaw County, those witches came after my license, saying that "I had correctly rapidly intervened in every critical patient situation, but that they saw the need BEFORE I did."
    I'm not the only one from the ghetto who got the racist, Detroit-hating, Ann Arbor nurses' coven treatment. Barb was another Detroit experienced ER nurse, who, on her 89th day of union probation was transferred from ER to trauma burn (ICU) where she was set-up for failure. On the first day of her "new" 90-day probation, they gave her an impossible assignment; 2 critical pts at the same time, one admission to assess and document, and one with a physicians' treatment for her to assist. Barb was fired for not completing and documenting on both of her patients at the SAME TIME.
    My CRNA buddy Mike was screwed by UMMC also. Mike was hired to do (low risk) cases at in OR @ Kellog Eye Institute. When all the anesthesia staff came back from their SUMMER vacations, during which he single-handedly updated their drug and equipment inventory, Mike was no longer needed @ Kellog, so he was ordered to covver for lunches at the main (HUGE ortho, open heart, organ transplant cases) hospital.
    This video brings me to tears but only because it recruits sincere, dedicated nurses who will be soon disallusioned by overwork and total lack of respect by the back-stabbing, lilly white, elitest nursing staff, money grubbing administators and ass-kissing union reps. Please pass the Compazine!
    —J.D. Schultz, RN, still licensed, but, thank God, retired

  • November 2, 2018 at 4:37 am

    I love working here ♥️

  • November 7, 2018 at 9:47 am

    They are BOTH – wonderful and awesome! 😉 Please, don’t let them work 12h a day. We need them to be happy and healthy people, who have enough time to take care of themselves and their families too.

  • January 22, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Im 16 and planning to get a nursing course im so excited to be one of you guys love you all!!!😚💓

  • March 5, 2019 at 9:25 am

    30 years ago….. I decided I was going to be a nurse…… I was 12. Life happened….. now at 42…. I just finished my first day at Uni because I AM GOING TO BE A NURSE. No matter what. Good luck to everyone studying and thank you to those who have helped me medically thru the years.

  • April 16, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    i need to go and do my college algebra hw now..

  • May 13, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    My dream is to work at UofM as a nurse

  • June 2, 2019 at 12:58 am

    This is an Huge Hospital, They took care of my daughter💝

  • June 7, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    I'm a nurse but still struggling to find my niche in nursing 🙁

  • June 23, 2019 at 11:09 am

    WHOA WOW, nursing is really technical scientific and really just business like. IDK if its for me. i don't like the hospital settings all the time. science & human mind behavior and emotions, personality.

  • August 10, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Shit job fuck all nurses. You all suck and don’t deserve your pay. Die!


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