FRANKFURT, Ind. – From feedlots in Texas to nursing in Indiana, Brad Law’s interest in the lives of others has diverted his career to medicine.
Law, a nurse at Indiana University Health Frankfort Hospital, joins others in her career field to celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6-12.
In 1998, May 8 was declared National Student Nursing Day. National School Nurses Day is also celebrated annually on the Wednesday of Nurses Week. The festive week ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. According to womenshistory.orgNightingale wrote over 150 books, pamphlets and reports on health issues and took steps to modernize hospital cleanliness when she served as a nurse in the Crimean War.
It was nurses like Nightingale who enabled people today to dedicate their lives to their careers.
Law credits his stepmother for getting him to become a nurse. Law also worked in a nursing home throughout college, and he says it was his love of people and their stories that convinced him to change careers, according to an IU Health Release.
“I’ve always been a people person,” Law said in the statement. “I don’t like talking in front of a lot of people, but I can have a conversation with anyone. I didn’t know if I would like to become a nurse as much as my previous profession, but once I got here, I discovered that I loved taking care of people.
Law’s responsibilities as emergency department manager include patient care and supervision of other nurses.
Law points out that his passion for hearing people’s stories is another part of his medical treatments. Specifically, he reflected on a conversation with a patient with a history of substance use. According to IU, Law and the patient talked about the man’s challenges for over 30 minutes. Those 30 minutes would return months later when Law encountered him while shopping; the man now recovering and sober.
“Talking helped him follow that path,” Law said.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the workload of medical workers in the field was overwhelming, more than usual. Law kept his positive mindset to help himself and others through these tougher times.
“It was harder for a lot of people,” Law said, “But I think you just have to keep looking forward.”
IU Health keeps the mental and physical health of its nurses in mind, particularly through the use of quiet spaces that staff like Law can use during long shifts.
“These spaces allowed team members to get away from their work and rest,” said a the description on the IU Health website, “to rejuvenate and care for themselves in a way that gave them the strength, energy, and focus they needed to continue caring for patients.”
Law thanked her fellow nurses this Nurses Week.
“I don’t think I say it enough. So thank you, and I appreciate the support for what nurses do every day.”
Margaret Christopherson is a reporter for the Journal & Courier. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @MargaretJC2.