Jennifer Hug

Jennifer Hug

Jennifer Hug, RN

4C Cardiothoracic Step Down Unit
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
United States
But as I looked up, what did I see? Jenny was jumping up and down in the window, waving, and dancing, all the while pointing down to us for my husband to see us too!

I wanted to reach out to show my appreciation for a nurse that has been taking care of my husband while he has been at U of M as a Covid-19 patient. Jenny Hug has gone above and way beyond to show her compassion not only as a nurse but as a human being, over the past few weeks while caring for my husband. My husband came in through the ED with difficulty breathing, as a Covid-19 positive patient. He was admitted to the RICU and put on a ventilator the next day.

Once the ventilator was removed, he was moved out of the RICU and transferred to the floor where Jenny has been his nurse here and there ever since. She has been his cheerleader, caretaker, and basically his everything many times over! She will pop her head in his door just to give him the "thumbs up" because she knows he is all alone in there and has been for weeks. That doesn't sound like much, but honestly a simple check-in and say "hi" to a lonely, scared patient means a lot. He looked forward to her being his nurse and told me the other day "Jenny comes back soon" because she had been off for a few days, and he was looking forward to seeing her again.

On top of all that, I asked on a whim if I would be able to come and see my husband through the window for his birthday. She said, "You know what, I don't know but let me see what I can do." She really came through for me and honestly, was just as excited for us as we were! We would be able to come and hopefully raise his spirits. However, since he is on the 4th floor, as you can imagine, it was hard for us to see him, and for him to see us too. But as I looked up, what did I see? Jenny was jumping up and down in the window, waving, and dancing, all the while pointing down to us for my husband to see us too! I mean, she doesn't even know any of us, and it felt like we had known her forever. That right there is a kind, caring, and compassionate person. She comes to work every day cheerfully, and ready to serve in a scary time. It's incredibly difficult to not be able to comfort a loved one during this awful virus, but people like Jenny make it a bit easier and for that, I am very grateful!

Jenny is a true DAISY Nurse, and if you asked my husband, without even telling him what I wrote about Jenny, he would say the exact same, plus more! May God bless you all for everything you are doing during these difficult times.