Jody Peterlin

Jody Peterlin

Jody Peterlin, BSN, RN

Renal & Organ Transplant
The University of Kansas Health System
Kansas City, Kansas
United States
Jody sat at the bedside and explained everything in detail like I was the only patient she had and like it was not early in the morning.

After having surgery at the University of Kansas Hospital, I stayed on Unit 53.  During my stay, I was tachycardic and my HCT became critically low.  Nurse Jody informed me that I would have to have a blood transfusion.  Unsure of what my reaction to the news would be, Nurse Jody displayed a remarkable level of empathy that I am sure to value in the years.

The wish not to have blood transfusions is not based on religious beliefs or deep ethical principles.  I just don’t like the idea.  In fact, I became a pharmacist so I would not have to deal with blood and secretions.

Which brings us to the conversation Jody and I had early in the morning.  She sat at the bedside and explained everything in detail like I was the only patient she had and like it was not early in the morning.  I shared with her my thoughts and just my overall feeling of being squeamish about seeing the blood.  In turn, Nurse Jody ensured I saw no blood what-so-ever by covering the machine and bag with a gown, as well as, the tubing with paper towels and tape.

I can imagine the other duties Nurse Jody may have had.  Therefore, to take the time to appease my nerves in receiving a blood transfusion in the manner she did is truly compassionate.  Nurse Jody went above and beyond to ensure my comfort and exhibits passion in the delivery of excellent nursing care.