I recently had the opportunity to do my last clinical of nursing school at 6 South, with Victor Silguero as my main preceptor. I worked with him during seven of my fifteen shifts. It was immediately apparent that he truly cares for his patients. He takes time to focus on details by asking patients if there is anything else that he can do for them, and adjusting the lighting and thermostat to their preferences. He took the time to teach me while we were caring for our patients and helped me gain confidence in my nursing skills. One particular thing that stood out to me was how Victor always thanks his patients. Whenever he walks out of a patient's room, he tells them "thank you." I can tell that he means it, and this small act of respect goes a long way in building rapport with patients.
I also want to share a specific story that shows his willingness to go above and beyond. One of our patients was having a rough night and could not get to sleep. He asked for some snacks, which we brought him, and then he wanted a fan to blow air in his face. Victor did not just say "we'll see if we can find one," he actually went and got a fan for the patient and brought it back within fifteen minutes. I am so grateful for the influence Victor has had on my nursing journey. He taught me so much not only about how to physically care for patients, but also how to be respectful and courteous and pay attention to details to go the extra mile and make a meaningful difference in the care of each and every patient.