On Saturday morning I had the honor and privilege of seeing teamwork at its finest. Early in the morning, a premature infant who had only been home for one week was brought into Newton ER in respiratory distress. Just before this occurred, a very distraught mental health patient came in. He became very agitated and tried to leave. As a team, with a great deal of help from security, the patient was safely returned to bed. Then the infant came via ambulance. John, Jen, and Ana worked together to help this little baby. Alison was in and out of the room retrieving whatever supplies were needed. I was watching the monitor and for three hours I saw and heard how that baby was cared for.
I have been a patient care tech for many years I have seen a lot. But this night stands out to me because of the outstanding way everyone worked together. Between the nurses, respiratory, and Hannah (PCT), it was amazing to hear and watch. People were finishing each other’s sentences, getting what was needed before it was asked for. Comforting the baby’s family while never letting on how they were feeling. And in the middle of all of this, we received a patient that had to be intubated. Jason, a nurse who is new to the ED, handled this like a pro. I could go on and on about what went on but I would run out of paper.
I am recognizing this unit, not just for their individual abilities, but for the way they worked together, as a team, each one offering their best and getting the job done until the MICU from Morristown arrived. They had this tiny baby’s life in their hands and by holding their hands together they helped bring life, love, and hope to the child and their child’s family. They put egos, pride, fear aside and they got the job done. I am so proud to work with them.