March 2021
Molly
Kenny
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RN
Surg/Trauma
University of Virginia Health

 

 

 

Molly ensured he understood everything that was going on from the physicians, nursing, social worker, and case management. Her care made him want to seek the mental health care he needed.

I had the privilege to care for a patient with Molly. This particular patient had recently tried to commit suicide and had a history of multiple attempts. Unfortunately during this pandemic, people's mental health has been deeply impacted. He had admitted that recently he had felt the "lowest" he has felt in a very long time. Molly was the perfect nurse for him.

I want to take the time to ensure Molly gets recognition for the above and beyond care that she provided him. One could have been mistaken and thought that this was one of her family members. She took the time to ensure that he felt important, cared about, and most importantly Loved. A feeling that he stated he has "not felt since his mother had passed last year." She spoke to him with kindness and compassion. And with such kindness and compassion, he expressed that she was "amazing" and made him feel like he had a "friend."

This is not the only time I have witnessed Molly provide such excellent care for a patient but I truly believe she saved this man's life in a special way. I believe her care was so impactful that she prevented a future attempt. This is why I feel it is so important that she deserves this recognition. She told him to "never feel like he is alone" and that if he ever "felt that feeling again, the low feeling" to "call the hospital." She also told him how much of an impact he made in our lives and how we care about him. I could see the difference her care made by his facial expressions and attitude.

This patient felt safe enough and unjudged enough in her care to admit that he was illiterate. With this new information, Molly ensured he understood everything that was going on from the physicians, nursing, social worker, and case management. Her care made him want to seek the mental health care he needed. I think she was the light he needed during this time. I was fortunate enough to witness the care Molly provided and even more fortunate to call her my coworker.