Mary Stephens

Mary Stephens

Mary Stephens, BSN, RN

ICU
AdventHealth Winter Park
Winter Park, Florida
United States
She received a full bath, and Mary sat and washed her hair, combed out all the knots and gave her two beautiful French braids.

Today, one of our patients, who has been in the ICU for 2 weeks, was having a rough day. She was angry, she was overwhelmed, she was scared, she was every emotion. This patient came into the hospital for a simple procedure, and here she is, 2 weeks, later, and she cannot walk, or hold herself up. After multiple discussions, the patient finally stated that a shower in an actual bathroom is what she really wants, and needs. Mary reached out to the managers of Ortho and Rehab, and finally got ahold of the shower chair. With the help from the ceiling lift, we got her into the shower chair and into the shower. The second the water touched her skin, this patient's eyes lit up, and for the first time in weeks, we saw a smile on her face. She received a full bath, and Mary sat and washed her hair, combed out all the knots and gave her two beautiful French braids. By the time she was lifted into the recliner, the patient could not stop saying 'thank you' as she finally felt clean and rejuvenated. This is just an example of the type of nurse Mary is. She is so understanding, so caring and has the patience of a saint. Mary is the type of nurse that I aspire to be, knowledgeable, caring and heartfelt in everything she does. I cannot put into words what an amazing nurse and person Mary is.