For a long time, all that could be found on her LinkedIn profile was the message that Juliette, 27, had a diploma in intensive care nursing. Until last week. After a private moment with a patient in her intensive care unit at Maastricht UMC, she decided to share something else. She explains what makes her work so special. This positivity is welcomed with open arms.
“My dear, what have you done now?” That was the first thing Juliet thought of when she was LinkedIn report It went viral. If you look at her phone a day after posting, she already has three hundred comments and over ten thousand likes. “I’ve never posted anything,” Juliet says. “But because of all the loaded reports I read in the media about intensive care, I still feel the need to share something about my work. There are also a lot of beautiful things going on in my department.”
Bert and Felix
In her LinkedIn post she tells Burt’s story. This 72-year-old man has been in her ward since September, when she noticed he was not feeling well. “Patients can feel very hopeless,” Juliet explains. “They are sick, fear death, see very little around them and some can become negative, depressed and emotional.”
For Juliet, this is a sign that something must be done. Her patients need a ray of hope. And she’s so happy to give them that. When I noticed Burt was not feeling well, I made a video call to his wife. When his dog appears in the photo, Burt gets very emotional.” And so the plan was born. Juliet has Burt’s wife and the dog Vlyx come to the hospital lobby to see Burt. “It’s a big job,” she explains. I first have to get permission to push the patient down With a ventilator. You have to arrange a doctor who can accompany you. It’s not just a walk.”
Fortunately, Juliet accomplished it and an hour later it was time. When Bert enters the hall, he becomes immediately emotional at the sight of his wife and dog. A furry hug from his golden retriever dog, and his day couldn’t get any better. And there’s more: As a surprise, all of his children and grandchildren are there, too. “She was so beautiful. He could just hug and see everyone. Juliet, immediately, remembers the crew and I with tears in our eyes. When she provides these kinds of bright spots for her patients, she always notices how they recover, no matter how hopeless the situation.” What I do for.”
The story doesn’t just come to Juliet. Her LinkedIn message about Burt went viral. “I’ve had a lot of great feedback,” she says. , as I showed it all to Bert and his family. He did them well, all the positive ones. And I’m also.”
These are the moments that Juliet finds important in her work, the personal connection. She noticed this early in her nursing career. “When I was 16, I did my first internship. I found the suffering and wounds I saw in the surgery department severe,” she recalls. “Because I was so worried about it, I advised to stop. My supervisors said I participated too much.”
Juliet continued anyway, developing into a critical care nurse and turning her “weakness” into her strength. “I am very calm and always have an eye on the human element behind the patient,” she explains.
Music and nail polish
In recent years, it has managed to provide many bright spots. She remembers a 55-year-old man with metastatic cancer. “There was nothing else we could do for him. However, I tried to make his days fun by playing the music he liked. He really liked it.” She also remembers pampering a very sick woman. “I painted her nails, and gave her some makeup,” Juliet recalls. “At that moment I thought: What would I need if I were to lie here? Well, that. To feel yourself a little again and not that sick only in bed.”
Because of the busyness on IC, there isn’t always time for these kinds of personal moments. JULIET: It’s hard to schedule. But if it works, we are happy to do something extra for the patient.” It is also very necessary. “Intensive care is not only hopeless, it is painful for some. Many of them have been left with some kind of PTSD from their time on the ward,” she explains. “It makes sense: You live in fear all the time and experience something very violent. In this way, we give people a little more positive experience and give them a little extra strength to keep going for a while.”
How are you now?
At least Burt got that power. It has since been moved to another department and is doing better. Juliet saw him recently when she came to cut his hair. “But I definitely hope he visits the hospital again,” she says. Then of course not as sick but fully recovered. And if possible with the dog Vlyx.
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