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Celebrating Nurses Week: Rachel Douglass

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Mary Beth Spence
Senior Manager, Media Relations

In celebration of National Nurses Week, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital introduces Rachel Douglass.

How long have you worked at Emory Saint Joseph's?

Since 2006.

What unit or units have you worked in?

I have always worked in the 4East-Neurovascular Unit, but I have also had the opportunity to float to other acute care units throughout those years.

Why did you choose a career in nursing?

Several years ago, I worked as a histology technician. While I was looking through the microscope at the tissue samples, I always used to wonder who they belonged to. After that, I was intrigued by the idea of having more face-to-face  relationships with the patients.

Why do you love nursing, and why is it important to you

It is a very challenging career but at the end of the day it is rewarding to feel I made a difference to someone’s life.

What is your current role?

I am currently the day shift unit charge nurse in 4 East.

Do you have a special patient experience to share?

Mrs. S was a patient of mine a little over two years ago. She called me Nurse Ratched for giving her Golytely. I developed a special rapport with her. She was later diagnosed with colon cancer, and when she was done with her treatment she came by and said hello to me. A name so negative turned into a term of endearment.

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