I Love My Job! Stephanie Newman, RN
For Stephanie Newman, caring for patients is a labor of love.
“Stephanie genuinely cares. She was made to be a nurse because she truly cares for her patients and their families. They have an excellent experience (because of Stephanie),” said Kent General 1A Medical – Surgical Nurse Manager Dianne Halpern, MSN, RN.
In their most challenging moment, patients are buoyed in their spirits and inspired to courage by Newman. In a letter to the State News, one patient wrote that Newman “made a difficult situation (less difficult) and led to (my) quick recovery.”
Another patient wrote, “thank you for caring, for going beyond the call of duty. Thank you for walking with me.”
Indeed, it isn’t difficult for Newman to walk in the shoes of her patients. She merely needs to recall when her own brother was hospitalized following a severe car crash. She remembers how nurses served as her family’s advocate, friend and confidante while nursing her brother on the fragile road to recovery.
“That was my inspiration. That was why I wanted to be a nurse. I knew it would be rewarding to be there for patients when they are most vulnerable,” said Newman, who later enrolled at Delaware Technical and Community College, graduating in December of 2008 and joining the 1A Medical- Surgical nursing staff a few months later. In a relatively short time, she has earned the admiration of peers and patients alike, winning the 1A Peer Award in February of this year. She is now enrolled in a BSN program at Drexel University and looks forward to the future and making a difference for many more patients and their families.
“I love the people that I work with, and I love being able to help our patients when they need us the most,” said Newman.