Elizabeth Eschenfelder

Elizabeth Eschenfelder

Elizabeth Eschenfelder, RN

Medical/Surgical
Morton Plant Hospital
Dunedin, Florida
United States

...I was on the unit speaking with Beth. She told of a patient who was 100-years old and worried that his 92-year old girlfriend was not informed that he was in the hospital. He was also worried that she would feel "stood up" when he didn't show up for their date that night. Phone attempts to reach the patient's girlfriend were unsuccessful and he was very upset. After her shift, Beth went to the patient's girlfriend's house to let her know what was going on. The patient and the girlfriend were both so relieved once the message was finally delivered. When I asked Beth about it she said "I would want someone to do that for me if I was 100-years old!" I just love Beth's "take it in stride, can do attitude with a heart!" This may not have been a critical lifesaving intervention, but it was an intervention of the heart. It epitomizes nursing at its best. I am proud of Beth and feel that her heartfelt action deserves recognition.