Nurses are the heart of healthcare. They recognise the connection between social conditions and individual health. They know that to provide the best quality care, they need to look at the bigger picture. And they provide empathy and compassion when people are at their most vulnerable.
On this International Nurses Day, we introduce you to some of the nurses we have the privilege of working with across the world. Read their stories and find out the many ways they are touching the lives and hearts of people in need.
Meet Brandie Giles
Brandie is a Seattle-based nurse and Adara’s Clinical Programme Assistant. Over many years of service to Adara, she has been key to establishing guidelines for Kiwoko Hospital. We are so grateful for her dedication.
Ever since a young age I wanted to be in the medical field helping others, especially children. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan. Shortly after, my husband and I moved to Edmonds, WA and I began working at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
For almost 11 years I worked mainly in the Float Pool, spending time on the medical, surgical, Haematology/Oncology and rehab units as well as the Emergency Department. During that time I had my 2 boys. The empathy and understanding I had for families multiplied incredibly once I had my own children. They helped me become a better nurse. My boys are now 10 and 12 years old – and I’m still learning from them.
It has been a great privilege to volunteer and work for Adara over these past few years. Ever since I met Deb Lester at both of our son’s kindergarten orientation, I knew that Adara was an amazing organisation that I wanted to be part of. Since then, I have met the most amazing people that are responsible for what Adara is today and they are still striving for more.
I have enjoyed working in partnership with the wonderful nurses, doctors and other staff at Kiwoko hospital in creating Guidelines of Care and Manuals for the Kiwoko NICU. When I had the opportunity to visit Kiwoko, it was an experience that I will never forget. They are like a family, so inviting, kind and inspirational. Every day was filled with wonderful moments such as holding low birth weight newborn twins, giving newborn vaccinations to babies who would otherwise not get them without the community outreach program, being thanked by patients on behalf of Adara for providing an excellent AIDS clinic including teaching, medications, counselling and food, and even fitting 14 adults, 1 infant, 1 generator, and 1 speaker into a van – now that was something.
The compassion, the care, and the hard work are attributes I have seen shared by nurses whether they are in Kiwoko, Seattle or elsewhere. Nurses are the key communicators between families, patients, and their healthcare team, their role is crucial. Nurses have the ability to make a difference in the lives of others through their care. I am grateful and proud to be a nurse and work for such a wonderful organisation like Adara Development.