At Mohawk, we are fortunate to have dozens of nurses across the enterprise who are passionate about employee health and wellness. These dedicated individuals are committed to improving the lives of Mohawk employees by providing outstanding health care, promoting healthy habits and raising awareness about common conditions that often go overlooked.
National Nurses Week is celebrated each year in conjunction with Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 6 in honor of her significant contributions to health care. It’s a special opportunity to honor the way nurses have emulated Nightingale through compassion and commitment to patient care.
To find out more about nursing at Mohawk, we talked to RN Gaby Guzman to find out more about her role and the roles of other nurses who work with employees.
What is your role at Mohawk?
I’m the onsite RN who works closely with our Medical Director, Dr. Orquia, who treats some of the chronically sick patients in the Northwest Georgia area. I’m also a Clinical Supervisor, so I oversee several of the Northwest Georgia nurses. I help develop and drive new processes for our onsite clinics, educate our nurses, and help implement pilot programs designed specifically for Mohawk. I am also a CPR instructor with the American Heart Association, so I also make sure to keep our NWGA staff’s certifications current.
What is an unexpected part of your job?
I am a Notary Public. Working with Dr. Orquia, we decided I needed to be a notary because there are many forms that must be notarized in order to better care for our patients like handicapped stickers for patients who are having mobility issues. Now I’m able to help notarize a variety of documents including staff licensure applications.
What do you enjoy most about supporting the Mohawk community?
I think the thing I enjoy the most is our robust clinical model. The opportunity to take care of our patients is incredible. We have all the tools we need to provide the best care, so the Mohawk population is in a great position to take advantage of that.
What do you wish more people understood about the nursing field?
It takes a special person to be a nurse. You must always be humble and want to take care of and advocate for your patient. You can’t be a nurse and just be there for a paycheck. It’s not going to work out. You need to want to take care of your patient any way possible, because that drives you to go the extra mile and give the patient the care they need.
How can people show appreciation for nurses this week and all year round?
For me, just telling me that you appreciate what I do is enough. The thing I enjoy from my job is getting that feedback. When my patients leave, a lot of them are thankful for the time we take with them. I think hearing their experience with us, and letting us know we’re appreciated, that makes us feel like everything we do is worth it. It’s like everything – you feel better when you have that positive feedback about what you do, and it always makes you strive to do better.