Autumn Chihak

Autumn Chihak, BSN, RN

Mercy Health Saint Mary's
Grand Rapids, Michigan
United States
Autumn's focus went beyond the surgical intervention for this patient and provided excellent nursing care that encompassed the patient's whole self.

Over the course of two weeks, Autumn cared for a young trauma patient who experienced multiple surgeries for her injuries. The patient had multiple fractures in her torso and extremities and also had head and facial injuries. During this time period, the patient was critically ill and not aware of her condition.

When Autumn reviewed the chart for this visit to the OR, she learned the patient was starting to become more alert and was in pain. Due to the patient's critical condition and severe pain, hygiene activities had been minimal. Noting the patient's progress and the young age of the patient, Autumn knew the patient would be very concerned about her appearance when she became fully alert.

Autumn discussed providing a bath and shampoo to the patient with the anesthesiologist and surgeon while the patient was under anesthesia before bringing the patient back to the OR. They formulated a plan to do this efficiently, gathering supplies and equipment. Autumn's orientee helped by obtaining a comb and other supplies and by assisting with the process. The surgeon removed staples and redressed old wounds after Autumn bathed the patient.

Autumn's focus went beyond the surgical intervention for this patient and provided excellent nursing care that encompassed the patient's whole self.

Thank you for providing excellent nursing care to those entrusted to us!